Netflix Series ‘Insatiable’ Accused of Fat-Shaming Its Main Character
Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano, who star in the show, has come to its defense.
A new Netflix series is facing allegations of fat-shaming.
"Insatiable" follows a high school student named Patty who is mocked for her weight. After getting into a fight, her jaw is wired shut during summer break and she's forced to have a liquid diet.
As a result, she loses weight and becomes the hottest girl in school. From there, she inflicts revenge on students who had bullied her.
It's being called a “coming of rage” story, and it's getting major backlash. More than 115,000 people have signed an online petition urging Netflix to cancel the series before it's even released.
Florence Given started the campaign and posted a video on social media urging people to sign the petition.
"It's really opened my eyes and made me see how many people suffer from eating disorders or have done in the past,” she said of her campaign. “We've always felt like this as women, always been held up to toxic beauty standards so harshly and negatively."
Now the show’s star, Debby Ryan, is defending its message.
"We’re not in the business of fat shaming. We're out to turn a sharp eye on broken, harmful systems that equate thinness with worth,” she posted on Instagram. "I hope fans will wait and watch the show before passing judgment."
Alyssa Milano, a prominent figure in the #MeToo movement, is also being slammed for appearing in the series, but she too is standing her ground.
“I want you to know I believe in this show and I believe in what it is about,” she posted on social media.
“Insatiable” is set to be released on Netflix on Aug. 10.
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