Bill Maher defends Amy Schumer amid ‘fat shaming’ controversy

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With Amy Schumer coming under fire for her new film allegedly ‘fat shaming’ women, comedian Bill Maher took to Real Time to come to her defense.

If you’re someone complaining about Amy Schumer’s new film I Feel Pretty, Bill Maher doesn’t feel sorry for you.

Last night on Real Time, Maher spoke about the apparent controversy surrounding the new comedy flick. Comedians, critics, and keyboard warriors are accusing the movie of promoting body shaming. In the film, Schumer plays an insecure woman who suddenly becomes very confident in herself after suffering a head injury. The consensus from those complaining is that, although the film has a positive message, Schumer is bad for the part because she’s white and “able-bodied.”

“Amy helped wrong!” Maher sarcastically laments, mocking those complaining about the film. He goes on to say that the movie is basically just a remake of The Nutty Professor – a film about someone who is unthin and uncool magically gaining confidence. “Only when Eddie Murphy did it, he didn’t have the purity police up his ass!” Maher goes on.

Maher goes through some of the complaints and criticisms surrounding the movie, and it just baffles him. At the end of the day, this is just a comedy movie. “For Christ’s sake, can’t it just be funny?” Maher asks. “Can’t we just sit in a movie theater, unclench our assholes for two hours and laugh at what it is?”

You can watch the segment in the YouTube video below.

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We can always expect Maher to say exactly how he feels, no matter who it’ll end up offending. It’s one of the reasons HBO has him on the air and what makes the show so honest and watchable. To keep up with new episodes, tune in when Real Time with Bill Maher airs Fridays at 10 PM on HBO.