Bill Maher accuses proponents of the fat acceptance movement in America of being Orwellian and having blood on their hands.


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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The comedian attacked the culture for encouraging “fat acceptance” as well as “fat celebration” during the most recent episode of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

The “disturbing tendency,” according to Maher, is “Orwellian,” and he advised Americans to quit viewing obesity as a positive and start losing weight.

The HBO host opened by saying, “There is a worrying tendency going on in America these days. It’s rewriting science to fit ideology to just match what you want reality to be.” Maher clarified that this tendency includes how Americans currently perceive being overweight.

“We’ve moved from accepting overweight people to celebrating them. It’s new. That’s brand-new, he emphasized. To take pride in letting go of yourself? He bemoaned, “We used to at least try to be fit and healthy, and society congratulated those who succeeded.

Maher asserted that Americans are increasingly praising obesity (

"Real Time" host Bill Maher slammed the body positivity movement on the latest episode of the late night talk show.

“Real Time” host Bill Maher slammed the body positivity movement on the latest episode of the late night talk show. (HBO)

“Now the term body positivity is used to mean, Im perfect the way I am because Im me,” he continued, adding, “Its Orwellian how often positivity is used to describe whats not healthy!”

“Of course, you can get away with anything bad for you when youre young,” Maher claimed, adding the rhetorical question, “Let me ask you this: Have you ever seen a fat 90-year-old?” He paused for a moment before he and audience let out a laugh, acknowledging the point.

“Its scary!” he exclaimed

The famous cultural critic followed that with his claim that the idea of “healthy at any weight is an unchallenged lie that people tell themselves so they can go on eating whatever they want” He admitted that “is fine,” and that hes “done many self-destructive things too,” but drew the line at pretending those things are good.

“But no one pretended there was positivity in smoking,” he asserted.

Maher claimed that Americans are now celebrating obesity.


Maher returned to criticizing the notion of fat “acceptance” after outlining the apparent health problems associated with obesity and the limitations it has placed on American society. He highlighted that the military is having a tougher time finding soldiers who are in good physical shape.

“At some point, acceptance turns into enabling, and if you’re involved in any way in this gleeful celebration of gluttony going on right now, you have blood on your hands,” he proclaimed.

He continued, “You can make believe you’re fighting some great social justice battle for a beleaguered minority, but what your’re really doing is supporting addicts, which I thought we decided was bad.” He then attacked those who view the fat acceptance movement as a good cause.

According to Maher, “companies like Nike, Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, companies that are specifically about fitness, nevertheless promote people who are plainly not into fitness,” who has previously taken aim at the billion-dollar corporations that have traditionally promoted health and fitness for embracing this trend.

He continued, “This is insane! People like Adele face shame campaigns for reducing weight!
Maher continued by saying that “fat acceptance” helps addicts.
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