Written by on September 26, 2019

Story By Chuck Tackett


“We shouldn’t taunt people about it, and overeating shouldn’t be singled out as the only vice, it’s not, we all have something. But, there is no smoking acceptance or drunk acceptance.”

Bill Maher


The date is September 18th, as I am writing this article, so I can meet my deadline for it to be published on the 26th in KC Exposures hard copy magazine and kcpride.com website simultaneously. Any more updated news that comes after the 18th, this explanation should suffice to why I have not addressed it here.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a huge fan of comic and activist Bill Maher, but don’t get it twisted. ANY human being who says or does something I don’t agree with, I will be vocal in calling them out, as they would me.

Earlier this month, Mr. Maher, on the September 6th episode of his show, during the “New Rules” segment, he was addressing the unhealthy eating habits of Americans as it relates to healthcare costs and climate change.

James Corden, host of “The Late, Late Show,” recently took Bill Maher to task over his remarks of “fat-shaming doesn’t need to end but make a comeback.”

Mr. Corden was brilliant in his response to Mr. Maher. While Bill took a very simplistic, juvenile, ignorant, and arrogant approach to the obesity problem, James took it deeper, revealing that obesity is not just a black and white problem, but it has different shades of gray; for example, poverty.

Sunny Hoston, one of the co-hosts of “The View” took it a step further explaining to the audience about “food deserts” in a lot of the inner cities nationwide.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “food deserts,” it is defined as an urban area in which it is extremely difficult to buy affordable, or good quality fresh food, because of the lack of transportation.

For example, I live in a “food desert.” One time, I had to go deep into Overland Park, Kansas, where lots of rich and upper financial class folks reside, to go to an eye doctor appointment. There were numerous grocery and specialty gourmet food stores and restaurants there. But there were numerous high dollar businesses located there as well, so folks living out in those suburbs could easily patronize them. I have never been that far out before. My mouth dropped. I told my brother those places could easily move to the inner city, but it seems it is designed to keep the inner city impoverished, thus not being able to afford or purchase healthy food.

Watching Bill Maher and James Cordon’s videos, I couldn’t help but do some critical thinking about 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and his opinion about every American citizen 18 and older receiving $1000 tax-free a month to stimulate the economy, and how it would be a game-changer for a lot of impoverished and middle financial class folks.

People would be able to afford to buy healthy food, decent transportation, etc. I don’t understand why people time and time again think it is fine for businesses and rich people get tax breaks, putting money in their pockets, but not the rest of us. You would think 40 years of “trickle-down” economics, not working would wake folks up.

Sorry Bill Maher, your attempt to address the obesity problem sorely missed the mark.

You did provide some hard-core truths that we all needed to hear, but it mostly was ignored with your promotion of fat-shaming folks.

The negative coup de grace of your presentation was when you said: “not being able to see your doctor, but being able to see your dick.” The problem with being brutally honest is, at times, not knowing when to squash the brutality and feed folks a spoonful of sugar with the “medicine” they need to hear. It is an acquired talent that I have a problem with at times as well. 

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