In news that isn’t recycled from one year ago, James Corden got his feelings hurt over Bill Maher saying we should resurrect fat-shaming. Except Corden seemed to completely miss the point. First, watch:
Sorry, James. Maher’s main point was how Democrats want to pay for everyone’s healthcare, but fat people are very unhealthy. So maybe instead of Democrats offering to pay for people’s problems, we fix the people before they’re a problem.
Here’s the point both Bill Maher and James Corden have seemingly missed. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. One could argue the Fat Pride movement came about as an opposite reaction to the mocking of fat people. Now we’re being told by those who’ve been told they’re fat, that fat is beautiful and healthy. No, we all know it isn’t. The pendulum swung too far the way of double-stuffed Oreos. Enter Bill Maher and even Louder with Crowder, to push back and say no, fat isn’t beautiful nor healthy, maybe we were closer with the shaming solution.
I’m not aware of anyone suggesting we go around calling random fat people gelatinous cows. The only fat people I mock are the ones insisting I call them brave and beautiful for rebranding their seventeen tummy rolls as “curves.” If people are fat, that’s largely their problem. Does that sound callous? Tell me where I’m wrong. The main issue with all this arguing is making others approve of the fat lifestyle, and in many cases pay for the symptoms of it via healthcare.
The “fat problem” for lack of a better term is best solved by he or she wearing the stretch pants. If you’re overweight and you don’t want to be, solutions are out there. But it’s up to you to find those solutions. Don’t look to the government or society to fix it for you. As soon as he or she wearing the stretch pants bullies anyone to include them in the halls of that which should be admired (beauty), and/or insists we pay for the symptoms of fatness (diabetes and heart conditions to name a few), now we’ve got a problem. Is the solution shaming? I don’t know. But you tell me what we’ve been doing to smokers for my entire life if it’s not shaming.