SEVERAL WANT NETFLIX TO CANCEL 'INSATIABLE' FOR 'FAT SHAMING'
Thousands of people have signed a Change.org petition to have the upcoming Netflix series Insatiable canceled. Critics say the show is fat-shaming.
As of Tuesday, more than 123,000 signed the petition. Netflix released the trailer for Insatiable on July 12th. The show follows Patty, who is played by Debby Ryan, as she goes through a dramatic weight transformation and seeks revenge on people who bullied her.
The actress wore a fat suit before she went through the weight loss, and the show portrays her being punched and verbally abused.
Several people on social, including The Good Place star Jameela Jamil are supporting the call for the show’s cancellation. “Not very into the premise of Fatty Patty… a teenager stops eating and loses weight and then when ‘conventionally attractive’ takes revenge on her schoolmates? This is still telling kids to lose weight to ‘win.’ The fat shaming is inherent and pretty upsetting,” she tweeted.
- Critics say the show promotes a bad diet culture and the objectification of women’s bodies.
- “For so long, the narrative has told women and young impressionable girls that in order to be popular, have friends, to be desirable for the male gaze, and to some extent be a worthy human...that we must be thin,” the petition stated. “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,” the petition continued.
- The show is set to premiere August 10th.