“The View” co-host Meghan McCain opened up about being fat-shamed by conservative host Laura Ingraham and others on Monday’s show.
McCain said, “If I weren’t fat-shamed, I wouldn’t have a career. Laura Ingraham said I was ‘too plus-sized to to be on TV.’” She added, “It sparked so much outrage because people don’t like it when you talk about women’s weight.”
She also revealed she’s fat-shamed daily. “Every day somebody on Twitter is like, ‘You’re too fat to be on The View, blah blah blah. It’s so cruel,” said McCain.
McCain’s comments came as the panel addressed a recent monologue by comedian and host Bill Maher where he defended fat-shaming. “Fat-shaming doesn’t need to end — it needs to make a comeback,” Maher said. “Some amount of shame is good.” He added, “We shame people out of smoking and into wearing seatbelts. We shame them out of littering and most of them out of racism. Shame is the first step in reform. It’s what goads people into saying, ‘Maybe I can do better.’
Backlash to Maher’s position was swift, and drew an on-air condemnation from late night host James Corden. Corden responded and said, in part, “While you’re encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, think a little harder about what comes out of yours.”
Moderator Whoopi Goldberg also slammed Maher for his comments, saying, “You don’t know who’s suffering. You don’t know why someone is the way that they are. Rather than shame them, if you really want to try to find a way to help, go up and say ‘hi’ and maybe have a conversation before you get to the shaming part.”