Where do you stand?
There’s nothing that divides the internet more than a controversial Netflix release.
Described by Netflix as a ‘dark, twisted revenge comedy’, Insatiable follows Paddy, a former tormented overweight teen who since losing weight has become a popular beauty queen, seeking violent revenge on her childhood bullies.
The show’s trailer was released earlier this month, and judging by the backlash it has received in the past week alone, people are unsure of whether it will be released this August, as currently planned.
Immediately following the trailer’s release, the show was accused of fat-shaming, perpetuating the dangerous message that in order to be popular you have to lose weight.
Jameela Jamil was one of the first on the case, taking to her Twitter page to voice her outrage.
‘Not very into the premise of Fatty Patty,’ she tweeted. ‘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.’
The backlash has got so loud in fact that a petition asking for the release of the Netflix show to be stopped is circling the internet, now boasting over 100,000 signatures.
‘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 bio read.
It continued: ‘We still have time to stop this series from being released, and causing a devastation of self-doubt in the minds of young girls who will think that to be happy and be worthy, they need to lose weight. This series will cause eating disorders, and perpetuate the further objectification of women’s bodies.’
While a lot of Twitter users have been jumping on the bandwagon, there are also some who are defending the show – ‘it does describe itself as a dark, twisted revenge comedy after all’.
Debby Ryan, who plays the lead role of Paddy, has spoken out about the backlash, defending its intentions.
‘Over the last few days I’ve seen how many voices are protective and fiercely outspoken about the themes that come to play in this story,’ she posted. ‘I was drawn to this show’s willingness to go to real places about how difficult and scary it can be to move through a world in a body, whether you’re being praised or criticised for its size, and what it feels like to pray to be ignored because it’s easier than being seen.’
She continued: ’I hope fans will wait and watch the show before passing judgement.’
What do you think?