Netflix, Insatiable: the game is justified?


The trailer of the new comedy series Insatiable sparked outrage last month, with users of the social media, claiming that it has sent a wrong message about body image.

The premise of the series was unpopular and overweight girl, Patty, who is seeking revenge on the bullies after returning to school from summer holidays, with a new (thinner) body.

But the movie in the trailer, was seen by some as “fat-humiliation”.

The show – which is available on Netflix from Friday – has also been accused of reinforcing the view that girls and women need to be thin in order to be successful in life.

But, now that the critics have had the chance to actually watch the series, is the game is justified?

Writing in the Guardian, Arielle Bernstein said: “It’s fast paced plot and the fact that it does not take itself too seriously.

“The worst aspect, though, and what I view to be irreparable, is the fact that you claim that any of its messages are designed to help teens navigate a cruel world, or feel better about themselves.

“In reality, the Insatiable does not skewer the ridiculous expectations of teenage girls; it is simply to reassert them.”

However, the separate writing, Lucy Dixon said: “There is nothing wrong with Insatiable.


“You’ll be hard pressed to find a fat character coming from Hollywood that is not a virtue signaling token or purely c’, for the comedy potential.

“And show closer to home as the Island of Love? The recent series was not exactly bursting with the chub, right?”Netflix series of faces ‘fat-shaming’ game

She has no problem with Debby Ryan wearing a fat suit: “I Would have preferred Ryan to put on pounds and then lose them again, in the style of Charlize Theron or Renee Zellwegger?”, he asked.

“Would that have made the story more palatable? Or perhaps they would have preferred a already fat actor get the job and then go on an epic weight-loss regime?”

Business Insider, Carrie Wittmer said Insatiable is “equally shocking as its trailer”.

“The exhibition aims to criticize the society the standard of beauty in a satirical way, but is completely lost between her intentionally and blatantly offensive content and characters.

“Insatiable use a dated cliché. That puts all of her female characters against each other, makes jokes about rape and harassment, and is filled with a cast of thin women.”

BuzzFeed Australia’s editor-at-large, Jenna Guillaume, called the series “the fat and the humiliation of the container of fire”, adding that he “hated every second”.


Guillaume has said that she feels sad, that is 2018, and the fat people are still treated as less than human, as something monstrous as the villains in our history”.

Insatiable is also a problem for a myriad of other reasons, according to Guillaume: “For a start, there is the way of the Patty will lose weight – is a punch in the face, and has to have his jaw wired closed, resulting in a three-month liquid diet. Because this is a really positive message to send to the poor kids.

Guillaume added that if Insatiable real intent was to try to deconstruct the myth that thinness equals happiness “much more subversive and interesting way to [do] would be to tell the story of a girl who – get this – stays fat and also happy”.

Writing in Variety, Caroline Framke said: “After watching all 12 episodes of Insatiable debut season, I can safely and confidently report that the show is much more strange than advertised – and, in many cases, much worse.

“Insatiable search extremely difficult to throw edgy jokes at the wall, hoping that they will turn the show into a sharp satire of how our society shuns the light – or something like that.

“But, in spite of some recent attempts to straighten the ship, nor the show’s punchlines, nor its characters are strong enough to overcome the clichés foundations.”

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The Daily Beast, Kevin Fallon called the Insatiable “a hard example of the best intentions yield the worst of results”.

He added: “Insatiable is unforgivably inelegant as satire… fails not only on the ground of its supposedly progressive message about the body image and weight, but also his stories deal with sexuality, sexual agency, classism, race, and transgender acceptance.”

But in the midst of all this, Insatiable creator and executive producer, Lauren Gussis, has defended the series, saying: “This show is a story that makes us reflect on how damaging it can be to believe they will acquire more important – to judge without going deeper. Please give the show a chance.”

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