From the moment Netflix released a brief trailer for its new show Insatiable viewers began calling for it to be banned from the streaming service.
Off the back of the trailer’s release more than 220,000 peopled signed a petition asking Netflix to cancel the “fat-shaming” series which follows a bullied teenage girl named Patty (Debby Ryan) who loses an extreme amount of weight after an accident forces her to have her jaw wired shut.
Now thin and “finally beautiful”, she sets about seeking revenge on those who were once cruel to her.
After listening to the vocal cries of outrage from the public, Insatiable’s stars and production team refused to budge on their stance that the series actually contained a positive message around body image. They urged viewers to hold back on their criticism until they had actually seen the show, which they promised was so much more nuanced and empowered than the brief marketing clip had led us all to believe.
“The trailer is its own piece of art. I think on some level, it is the set-up of the show,” Insatiable creator Lauren Gussis told International Business Times.
“The more I think about it, the trailer was feeding into exactly the thematic issue of the show, which is, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover,’” Insatiable producer and star Alyssa Milano told People “People are judging 12 hours of TV from a minute and 28-second trailer.”
Meanwhile, according to Vulture, Netflix’s Original Series vice-president Cindy Holland said “ultimately, the message of the show is that what is most important is that you feel comfortable in your own self. Fat-shaming itself, that criticism, is embedded in the DNA of the show.”
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 6, 2018
And so I decided to follow orders and hold back on making any kind of comment about Insatiable until I had actually seen it.
Now here I am on the other side of 12 hours of TV viewing and I feel very confident saying Insatiable is a hurtful, dangerous and excruciating TV series that is not just as bad as everyone thought it would be.