“Insatiable” is a new Netflix series slated to premiere next month on the streaming service but fans are already bashing it after the first trailer. Netflix subscribers are bashing the Debby Ryan starred program for fat-shaming.
The overview of “Insatiable” says that a bullied teenager turns to beauty pageants as a way to exact her revenge, with the help of a disgraced coach who soon realizes he’s in over his head.
Basically, the series will follow Debby Ryan as a teen who gets her mouth wired shut after getting punched in the face. She returns as the “traditionally hot” girl who seeks vengeance against the people who picked on her.
People immediately took to social media to call out the show for making it okay to be fatphobic and pressuring women to change themselves in order not to be bullied.
— debbyryan (@DebbyRyan) July 21, 2018
Alyssa Milano, who also stars in the show, responded to a fan that said the show was disgusting: “We are not shaming Patty. We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up.”
The showrunner and writer of the series urged critics to give the show a chance because it’s a “cautionary tale about how damaging it can be to believe the outsides are more important — to judge without going deeper.”
Debby Ryan herself, who has struggled with body image issues, released a statement that read, in part: “Twelve years after my own struggles with body image … I was drawn to this show’s willingness to go to real places about how difficult and scary it can be to move through the world in a body, whether you’re being praised or criticized for its size, and what it feels like to pray to be ignored because it’s easier than being seen.”
“Insatiable” will begin streaming on August 10. Will you be watching?