There is a new series coming to Netflix this August and it looks even darker than Riverdale. The show, Insatiable, follows the life of a teenager who is bullied in high school but then gets a huge makeover and takes revenge on literally everybody.
Even though the trailer was just released yesterday the show is already getting some serious backlash.
At the beginning of the story the main character, who is played by Debby Ryan, is introduced as Fatty Patty, a plus size teenager who is bullied relentlessly in school. Then due to some kind of accident and a summer of not eating she drops a bunch of weight and returns to school as super hot and now wildly popular.
People online are calling out this narrative for some serious fat shaming on Twitter and they have a lot to say about it.
this is a good example of why i grew up insecure and thought i would never be loved because of my size. give us a story where the fat girl stays fat, struggles, but learns to accept her body and overcomes societal standards. #insatiable https://t.co/v9WchYgKVG— lacey (@geamxs) 19 July 2018
it— jenna 107 (@jennajozeph) 20 July 2018
• promotes fat-shaming
• teaches young people that if you don’t eat, you’ll become skinny and desirable
• romanticizes revenge fantasies
• shows that you’re only deserving of love and popularity if you fall into society’s definition of beauty
Really.....so she wasn't able to take revenge until she was "conventionally attractive"? This is disgusting! You are the face of the Women's Movement and THIS? Shame on you!— Amber Victoria (@thecursedempath) 19 July 2018
People are saying that the movie fat-shames Patty and plays into the narrative that you will only be popular in school or life if you fit societies "ideal" beauty standards.
They also point out that this isn't new either, in fact, people being portrayed as fat and ugly then undergoing some great transformation to become popular has been going in movies forever. The problem is that it's still happening in 2018.
One of the show's starts, Alyssa Milano jumped into the conversation on Twitter attempting to defend the series saying that the show isn't fat shaming Patty, but is instead showing the damage that fat shaming can do.
Alyssa was specifically called out for her role in the series since she is was seen as a champion of the Women's Movement by starting the #MeToo campaign.
We are not shaming Patty. We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up. Also, this article does a good job of explaining it more: https://t.co/WoR8R7TjqR #Insatiable https://t.co/GFkDdsn1uh— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) 19 July 2018
The series premieres exclusively on Netflix on August 10.