It the outrage right or wrong?
Debby Ryan stars as Patty in the new Netflix show, Insatiable, as a schoolgirl bullied for being overweight before returning after the summer vacation slimmer - and ready to take revenge on her tormenters - since having her 'jaw wired shut'. The show obviously doesn't take itself seriously but the headline is that the show promotes "fat shaming" and its led to 200,000+ people signing a Change.org petition to pull the show before it airs.
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 toxicity of this series, is bigger than just this one particular series. This is not an isolated case, but part of a much larger problem that I can promise you every single woman has faced in her life, sitting somewhere on the scale of valuing their worth on their bodies, to be desirable objects for the male gaze. That is exactly what this series does. It perpetuates not only the toxicity of diet culture, but the objectification of women's bodies.
This series needs to be cancelled. The damage control of releasing this series will be far worse, insidious and sinister for teenage girls, than it will be damaging for Netflix in their loss of profit.
The show is about revenge and while I haven't actually seen the show (since it doesn't start streaming until August 10th) I'm guessing a few things will happen when she gets back to school after losing the weight.
Insatiable is Basically Just Another Teen Movie
Here are my predictions regarding the plot.
1. People are going to be floored and she's gonna be surprised and confused with how to use this new popularity to her advantage.
2. Debbie Ryan's character is going to make some decisions that make her best friend questions their relationship, the friend will say something like "You've changed".
3. Something "earth-shattering" will happen that will lead her to make a tough choice and go back to being more like herself (but in a healthier way)
With that said, does it promote eating disorders? Yes.
Should the show be canceled? No
Why the Show Should NOT be Pulled By Netflix
Because it could be argued that anything ever made, from books to art to movie, tv shows, etc promote something "bad". It can be eating disorders, violence, anything, and everything ever made was created with one purpose: to get a reaction. That's what art does and while you may not view Debbie Ryan as an artist the TV show is something created by someone so for argument sake let's call it art.
While there are both moral and ethical lines when it comes to creating, I personally believe you get a TON of wiggle room when something you created is based on comedy and that's what this show is..
Here's something to consider, the person who created the Change.org petition, what if she actually works for Netflix? Think about it. Netflix just got a HUGE amount of publicity and all they had to do was create a Change.org petition and suddenly buzz about the show blew up and it didn't cost them a dime.
What do you think, does the new NETFLIX show go too far?
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