Petition for Netflix to remove ‘fat-shaming’ Insatiable series reaches 100,000 signatures
A petition to remove Netflix series Insatiable from the streaming site has reached over 100,000 signatures.
The show, starring Debby Ryan, revolves around a young girl called Patty who is bullied at school because of her weight, but is able to exact revenge on her classmates after shedding some pounds over the summer.
The trailer, which features Ryan wearing a fat suit, received serious backlash after landing last week, with many viewers arguing the “fat-shaming” series might perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards for women and encourage eating disorders.
Organiser Florence Given wrote: “The toxicity of this series, is bigger than just this one particular series. This is not an isolated case, but part of a much larger problem that I can promise you every single woman has faced in her life, sitting somewhere on the scale of valuing their worth on their bodies, to be desirable objects for the male gaze. That is exactly what this series does. It perpetuates not only the toxicity of diet culture, but the objectification of women’s bodies.
“This series needs to be cancelled. The damage control of releasing this series will be far worse, insidious and sinister for teenage girls, than it will be damaging for Netflix in their loss of profit.”
Insatiable‘s lead actress Debby Ryan has since responded to the wave of criticism, arguing the show in fact tackles these difficult issues “through satire”.
“As someone who cares deeply about the way our bodies, especially women’s, are shamed and policed in society, I was so excited to work on Insatiable because it’s a show that addresses and confronts those ideas through satire,” she wrote.
“Satire is a way to poke fun at the hardest things, bring darkness into the light, and enter difficult conversations.”
Ryan continued: “I have to laugh at my pain, otherwise I’ll dissolve and weep and get stuck instead of working through it. It’s a coping mechanism and, for a lot of people who are telling these stories, a healing mechanism.
“Over the last few days I’ve seen how many voices are protective and fiercely outspoken about the themes that come into play in this story. I’m grateful for that, and comforted by it, because I want those stories told right too.”