It’s something that many have tiptoed around in recent years.
But the consequences of doing so have been detrimental to many.
And Bill Maher just revealed one brutal truth about “body positivity” activists.
Actively celebrating harmful behavior is bad for all
On his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher, the comedian told some harsh truth about this country’s obesity epidemic and criticized the culture for promoting not only “fat acceptance,” but “fat celebration.”
“There is a disturbing trend going on in America these days, rewriting science to fit ideology to just fit what you want reality to be. We’ve gone from fat acceptance to fat celebration. That’s new. That is new. To view letting yourself go as a point of pride? We used to at least try and be fit and healthy and society praised those who succeeded.”
“Of course, you can get away with anything bad for you when you’re young,” he continued. “Let me ask you this: Have you ever seen a fat 90-year-old? It’s scary!”
The point was well-made.
Maher then said that the claim of being “healthy at any weight” is simply not based in reality.
He said that people choosing to eat whatever they want is “fine,” but he took issue with the practice of pretending that such behavior is good.
“But no one pretended there was positivity in smoking,” he said.
He talked about the inherent health risks linked to obesity and spoke about the difficulty of finding military recruits who are in shape.
Maher also believes that obesity increased the death toll for COVID-19 dramatically and he went back to strongly disagreeing with the idea of fat “acceptance.”
Enabling isn’t helping
But the biggest takeaway quote was when Maher said that “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 then criticized those who defend that kind of behavior by declaring that “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.”
Taking aim at big corporations pushing this mindset, Maher said that “companies like Nike, Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, companies that are specifically about fitness, nevertheless promote people who are plainly not into fitness.”
Even though some may take issue with Maher’s words, a significantly larger number of people will likely find themselves nodding in agreement.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.