Larry Wilmore: America Discriminates Against Obese People (VIDEO)

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“The Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore was already depressed enough on Monday as a Seattle Seahawks fan recovering from the Super Bowl, but news of new obesity statistics in America pushed him over the edge.

Wilmore surveyed evidence of biases in the job market against obese people, particularly women, which suggested that some are hired less frequently, paid less, and fired more easily than their non-obese coworkers.

“It’s a vicious soul cycle of injustice,” Wilmore said, asking whether or not obesity is becoming its own civil rights issue.

“It’s tough being overweight in today’s society; magazines, television and movies are full of images of thin people having good stuff happen to them,” he continued.

“I mean even if you go to church you see a P90x version of Jesus on the cross,” Wilmore said. “I mean, talk about CrossFit,” he added, to groans from the audience.

Wilmore got more serious when he played a clip of Rep. Peter King (R-NY) saying that if Eric Garner hadn’t been obese, he would not have died after being choked by an NYPD officer.

Watch the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central:

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