Despite Heavy Criticism, Insatiable Has Been Renewed for Season 2
Despite the harsh criticism, a literal petition to cancel the show that got thousands of signatures and savage reviews, Insatiable has been renewed for Season 2.
The Debby Ryan-helmed series is about a plus-size high school student named Patty who is bullied about her weight. She 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.
People criticized the Netflix show for being extremely problematic, as it seemingly perpetuates diet culture and promotes fat-shaming. But while many viewers were offended by the series’ concept, the Suite Life on Deck alum stood by it and assured everyone that it is “not in the business of fat shaming.”
“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,” the 25-year-old said on Instagram shortly after the trailer dropped. “Satire is a way to poke fun at the hardest things, bring darkness into the light, and enter difficult conversations.”
She continues, “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.’”
The 25-year-old actress posted a video on Instagram reacting to the renewal news with her castmates.
Insatiable, Season 2 is slated to air on Netflix at some point in 2019.