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The new Netflix series, Insatiable, is about a plus size high school student, played by Debby Ryan, named Patty who is bullied about her weight. The girl gets punched in the face and is forced to spend the summer with her jaw wired shut, which ultimately causes her to lose weight and go back to school in the fall looking conventionally attractive to the people who once bullied her. But instead of becoming their friends like they want, she decides to get revenge.
As you can probably tell, many people view this plotline as being extremely problematic. But Debby doesn’t agree with all the fat-shaming backlash and released a lengthy statement defending the series, which premieres on August 10th.
The statement begins QUOTE “As someone who cares deeply about the way our bodies, especially women’s, are shamed and policed in society, I was so excited to work on Insatiable because it’s a show that addresses and confronts those ideas through satire. Satire is a way to poke fun at the hardest things, bring darkness into the light, and enter difficult conversations.”
The former Disney Channel star then went on to talk about her own body image issues and how she appreciated how real Patty’s struggles are.
She continues QUOTE “It was very important to Lauren Gussis, our writer and showrunner from whose brain and heart and life the character of Patty was born, as well as to me, that any scenes where Patty was heavier don’t use her size as a punchline, and never justify the abuse she suffers. The humor is not in the fat-shaming (or thin-shaming, slut-shaming, virgin-shaming, ‘glam-shaming,’ for fans of Arie’s season of the Bachelor…). The redemption is in identifying the bullies and saying ‘this is not okay.’”
Debby explains that the Netflix series is QUOTE “not in the business of fat shaming,” but actually wants to QUOTE “turn a sharp eye on broken, harmful systems that equate thinness with worth.”
Ultimately, Debby says, fans will not be disappointed if they watch the series without any predetermined judgements. Are you planning on giving Insatiable a shot? What do you think of Debby’s response? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. I’m your host Naz Perez thanks so much for watching Clevver. Thanks for watching! Please Click to the right to watch another new Video and don’t forget to subscribe to our channels.
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