Netflix responds to the backlash for ‘Insatiable’

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Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Looks like the show is going ahead.

A representative from Netflix has responded to criticism of its controversial new show, Insatiable.

For those who haven’t heard, the Netflix Original is centred around ‘Fatty Patty’ – a bullied high school student who loses a huge amount of weight and uses her newfound popularity to exact revenge on her former tormentors.

After a change.org petition calling for the show to be cancelled amassed over 200,000 signatures, Netflix has issued a response.

Netflix’s Original Series vice president, Cindy Holland, said at the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that people had misinterpreted the show’s plot.

“Lauren Gussis, who is the creator, felt very strongly about exploring these issues based on her own experiences, but in a satirical, over-the-top way,” she claimed. “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.”

Insatiable is still set to premiere on Netflix August 10.


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