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The first trailer for the Netflix newest show, Insatiable, dropped Thursday and people are not happy about the premise, message, and just about everything involved in the short clip.
Insatiable is the tale of a young high school girl who is mercilessly bullied by classmates about her weight. One fateful night, “Fatty Patty” takes a punch to the face outside a convenience store; spends the summer with her jaw wired shut; loses a ton of weight; and gets her hair, makeup, and clothing updated to show up on the first day of school looking like a knockout.
And from there, the story and trailer manage to get worse. Yes, worse than seeing a teenage girl getting punched in the face.
Fat suits, eating-disorder jokes, exacting revenge by possibly lighting another human on fire, Insatiable seems to have it all. People on Twitter are having none of it.
Making fun of plus-sized women ✔— Myst (@MystbornGames) July 19, 2018
Thin actress in a fat suit ✔
Being thin is the only way to be beautiful ✔
Beauty = self worth ✔
Outdated comedic trope of getting "revenge" on shitty classmates ✔
Get-thin-quick surgery bullshit instead of healthy living ✔
lol wow https://t.co/8cJu2INZIT
This is trash. Netflix I expected a company that’s prided itself on changing the faces in entertainment and inclusivity to be better to fat people. This story like is uncreative and fatphobic. It’s also incredibly insulting to attempt to tell an story of a fat women with a thin— Savannah✨ (@GirlcraftWorld) July 19, 2018
Imagine thinking entertainment doesn’t affect anything and exists inside a vacuum— Alicia (@nerdjpg) July 20, 2018
So this is a story about a girl who used to be fat and now she isn't, she can finally have revenge? I don't know. Maybe a story where she loves her fatness would have been better. Rather than her literally having her jaw wired shut so that she cannot eat to lose weight.— MD (@manika0098) July 19, 2018
this is a good example of why i grew up insecure and thought i would never be loved because of my size. give us a story where the fat girl stays fat, struggles, but learns to accept her body and overcomes societal standards. #insatiable https://t.co/v9WchYgKVG— lacey (@geamxs) July 19, 2018
Just fuck the fuck off. We are desirable when we are fat. We are worthy. You don’t need to wire our jaws shut to make us slim and somehow more worthy. This is so boring. https://t.co/lFpRLCKa1C— George (@FFigureFBust) July 19, 2018
In case you’re curious about the creators of the show, surprise, women weren’t involved. Yet Alyssa Milano, one of the stars of Insatiable, is already defending the new Netflix show.
“We are not shaming Patty,” Milano tweeted to an angry fan. “We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up.”
We are not shaming Patty. We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up. Also, this article does a good job of explaining it more: https://t.co/WoR8R7TjqR #Insatiable https://t.co/GFkDdsn1uh— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 19, 2018
When the people involved are defending a show that hasn’t aired yet, that’s not a good sign.
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Chris Illuminati is an author and reporter whose work for the Daily Dot focuses on meme culture. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, FanSided, BroBible, Penthouse, and AskMen.