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Netflix faces backlash for movie about a girl who becomes desirable by ‘starving herself’

People are after Netflix to cancel Insatiable, their new comedy movie about an overweight girl who starves herself to become thin and takes revenge on her bullies.

hollywood Updated: Jul 21, 2018 15:51 IST
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People are unhappy about Netflix’s decision to cast Debby Ryan in a fat suit and later reveal her to be thin in Insatiable.

Insatiable, a Netflix original dark comedy, is facing a backlash for promoting “fat-shaming”.

In the trailer that came out on Thursday, Disney actress Debby Ryan plays the role of Patty, a high school girl who loses a lot of weight during summers and shows up for the first day of her senior year, thirsty for revenge against everyone who bullied her for being overweight.

Shortly after the trailer was released, Twitter exploded with comments criticising the plot of the series.

A user tweeted, “Hey @netflix and @insatiable_. Stop creating/endorsing shows about how it’s “cool” and “quirky” for girls to starve themselves. Also, painting the fat girl as a revenge-filled villain isn’t cute or original. You’re disgusting.”

Another tweet said, “you have a chance to make creative, engaging, original content from fat people about fat people’s lives and you choose to ... put a skinny person in a fat suit and make jokes about how sad her life is and about what a crazy bitch she turns into. That’s so lazy and pathetic.”

“I hate the concept for insatiable so f*****g much because it’s rooted with the idea that fat=ugly that cause SO MANY people to have body image issues and i just wish people would stop pushing these disgusting unhealthy concepts onto a young/impressionable audience ugh” read another tweet.

Commando actress Alyssa Milano, who plays the role of Patty’s lawyer, responded to the backlash by tweeting, “We are not shaming Patty. We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up”

Milano also tagged a ‘Teen Vogue’ article in the tweet saying the article will explain “it” more clearly.

The link to the article was also tweeted by Debby.

Insatiable is scheduled to release on August 10.

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First Published: Jul 21, 2018 15:50 IST