Maher challenges ‘Orwellian’ fat acceptance movement: ‘At some point, acceptance becomes enabling’

Political satirist Bill Maher raised an eyebrow at the “disturbing new trend going on in America these days” that has people transitioning from a culture of “fat acceptance” to “fat celebration.”

This unsettling movement has people “rewriting science to fit ideology or just to fit what you want reality to be,” Maher said on Friday’s episode of  “Real Time” on HBO.

“We’ve gone from fat acceptance to fat celebration. That’s new. That is new,” Maher said, using his pointer finger for emphasis.

“To view letting yourself go as a point of pride?” he continued. “We used to at least try and be fit and healthy and society praised those who succeeded.”


(Video Credit: Real Time with Bill Maher)

“Now the term ‘body positivity’ is used to mean, ‘I’m perfect the way I am because I’m me,’” the comedian noted. “It’s Orwellian how often positivity is used to describe what’s not healthy!”

“Of course, you can get away with anything bad for you when you’re young,” Maher argued.

“Let me ask you this: Have you ever seen a fat 90-year-old?” the 66-year-old comedian asked his viewers before pausing dramatically and eventually erupting in laughter with his audience.

“It’s scary!” he concluded before dismantling the new terminology that supports the celebration of fat people.

“’Healthy at any weight’ is an unchallenged lie that people tell themselves so they can go on eating whatever they want,” Maher said. “Which is fine, I’ve done many self-destructive things, too.”

The self-proclaimed marijuana advocate said the difference was that “no one pretended there was positivity in smoking,”

“At some point, acceptance becomes enabling, and if you’re in any way participating in this joyful celebration of gluttony that goes on now, you have blood on your hands,” Maher contended.

“You can make believe you’re fighting some great social justice battle for a besieged minority, but what you’re really doing is enabling addicts – which I thought we decided was bad,” Maher explained.

“Companies like Nike, Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, companies that are specifically about fitness, nevertheless promote people who are plainly not into fitness,” he said in reference to the glut of new oversized models filling the pages of formerly fitness-friendly publications.

He also referred to music sensation Adele who was the subject of backlash for losing 100 pounds over the course of two years.

“People like Adele face shame campaigns for losing weight!” Maher said about the backward messaging. “This is madness!

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