In a segment titled “New Rule: The Fudge Report” on YouTube, Maher engaged in his typical snarky commentary by explaining that fat shaming needs to make a comeback.
“We shamed people out of smoking and into wearing seat belts. We shamed them out of littering and most of them out of racism,” he said. “Shame is the first step in reform.”
Unsurprisingly, people had lots of thoughts on Twitter.
This isn’t the first time that Maher’s been called out for problematic behavior in regards to fat shaming.
Just last month in August, Maher was quoted saying, “Fatigue is the best thing we’ve got going for us. The majority of Americans aren’t tired of winning, they’re tired of looking at [Trump’s] fat f—— face.”
And in 2017, he made similar comments, sayin,g “I’m sorry, but pretending everyone is beautiful at any size is not helping [the obese], it’s enabling them.”
He added, “There’s no middle ground between shaming and Shamu?”
Going all the way back to 2011, Maher defended Anthony Weiner against Chris Christie by making fat jokes and calling him “Governor Fat Fatty,” and a “sumo wrestler.”
Essentially, it’s just another week for the commentator who frequently attracts criticism.