Petition Urging Netflix to Cancel ‘Insatiable’ Over ‘Body-Shaming’ Plot Earns Over 130,000 Signatures and Counting

IndieWire | 7/25/2018 | Staff
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Netflix’s upcoming comedy satire “Insatiable” is under fire for allegedly promoting body-shaming. A petition circulating online urging the streaming giant to cancel the series for promoting body-shaming has earned over 130,000 signatures and counting. The petition argues the show will have damaging consequences for teenage girls dealing with negative body image issues.

“Insatiable” stars Disney favorite Debbie Ryan as an overweight high school student who is bullied for her physical appearance. The trailers for the series show Ryan wearing a fat suit. The character ends up losing weight after a face injury leaves her jaw wired shut, and she decides to use her skinnier looks and newfound popularity to exact revenge on the bullies who tormented her for being overweight.

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“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 petition reads. “This series needs to be cancelled. The damage control of releasing this series will be far...
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