As soon as the trailer for Insatiable came out on Thursday, the new Netflix series was immediately hit with backlash.
The dark comedy is billed as “a coming-of-rage story,” and stars Debby Ryan as Patty, an overweight teenager whose classmates cruelly ridicule her weight and appearance (hence her painfully unoriginal nickname, “Fatty Patty”). But after getting punched in the face during an altercation in a parking lot, Patty has her jaw wired shut, loses all the weight, and decides to get revenge on everyone who’s done her wrong. People on Twitter have especially taken umbrage with the fact that Ryan wears a fat suit at the start of the series, as well as how her self-confidence skyrockets only when she loses the weight and begins taking vengeance on the people in her town. “This is the oldest trope in the book of fat tropes,” one Twitter user wrote. “Fat kids becoming thin and attractive to prove all of the abusers they encountered wrong.”
Insatiable star Alyssa Milano, who plays the social-climbing wife of a beauty pageant coach in the series, spoke out about the controversy herself, saying that they’re “addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming.” In an interview with Teen Vogue, Ryan also tried to shade in her character’s motivations a little, something that you don’t really get a chance to see in the trailer.
“[People] don’t fully understand the depth and breadth and fire of Patty’s rage,” she said. “And I don’t think Patty does, either, so throughout this process she’s kind of discovering how far she’ll go to either exact revenge on anyone who’s wronged her or, in her mind, make things right and give herself all of the things that she was robbed of or feel she was robbed in kind of the earlier first bit of her life.”
Regardless of where you personally land on the subject after watching the Insatiable trailer, you can check out all of the reactions to the series ahead.