James Corden
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James Corden took the opportunity to address despicable fat-shaming comments made by fellow comedian Bill Maher. 

Maher suggested that fat-shaming make a comeback in order to motivate fat people to lose weight … ugh. Corden was applauded for his classy clapback that got a little personal and featured his signature wit. 

People came forward with their own experiences being bullied because of their weight, and thanked the late-night host for coming forward and shutting down Maher's ridiculous argument. 

Corden had some punchy quotes in his speech that hit home for many. 

The Late Late Show host spelled out everything wrong with Maher's thought process that fat-shaming is acceptable because it would motivate fat people to lose weight. Corden discussed the harm associated with bullying, and how that wouldn't ever help someone to lose weight if they wanted to. Corden dove deep into how he had experienced those sort of comments throughout his career, and kept it relatively lighthearted. 

Other plus-size people felt so seen and heard by Corden's argument, which totally disproved all of Maher's remarks. 

"As a plus-sized woman bullied every day on the internet merely for existing, this dialogue is so appreciated. Please watch this and remember: 1) You don’t have to call me fat. I have a mirror. 2) Your fat shaming is just bullying disguised as concern," one woman wrote on Twitter. 

While Corden watched Maher's show and realized how awful his comments were, he realized that it'd be up to him to address it. "I was watching it, and I was like, 'Somebody needs to say something about this. If only there was someone with a platform who knew what it was actually like to be overweight.' And then I realized, aw that'll be me." 

Corden talked about his own struggle with managing his weight, and many related to that struggle. 

"Fat-shaming only does one thing: It makes people feel ashamed. And shame leads to depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior," Corden said in his speech. "We've come up with a name for it, let's be honest: Fat-shaming is just bullying. And bullying only makes the problem worse. I don't think stuff like this is going to solve the obesity epidemic." 

Corden's openness and honesty resonated with other people who have felt similarly. "I teared up a bit. As someone who has struggled with weight his entire adult life, I didn’t realize how much of the commentary and stigma I internalize and accept as the cost of me not getting my shit together. I was raised to be concerned with eating AT ALL [rather] than eating healthy," another person wrote on Twitter. 

At the end of Corden's speech, he addressed Maher directly with a request. 

One person tweeted Corden's final note to Maher, "James Corden, to Bill Maher (who thinks fat shaming is a great idea): 'Bill, please hear me when I say this: While you’re encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, please think a little harder about what comes out of yours.'" Then it continues with support for the host, "Class act, dude. Bravo." 

Corden was the ultimate advocate, and had exactly the right thing to say. 

One person thanked Corden in a heartfelt tweet, "Sitting in a waiting room right now with tears streaming down my face." The tweet continued, "I’m laughing and crying, which is what we do when we struggle with something our entire lives and find others like us who understand on the deepest of levels. Thank you." 

Corden called out Maher for his rude remarks, but also addressed some of the underlying problems with fat-shaming. Many blame overweight people for not trying hard enough or overeating, but often there are systemic issues at hand, like poverty, access to health care, and bullying that can perpetuate the issue.