Petition To Cancel Netflix's "Fat-Shaming" Series Hits Over 100,000 Signatures
The petition reached over 100,000 in just three days.
Netflix recently released a trailer for their new series Insatiable and, let's just say it did not go super well.
The series stars Debby Ryan as Patty, a high school student who, after getting her jaw wired shut, loses weight and -- with her new slimmer physique -- is able to enact revenge on all her classmates who made her life hell when she was overweight.
The trailer, which sees Ryan wearing a fat suit as her on-screen classmates call her names like "butterball" and "Fatty Patty", immediately faced backlash from people calling it tone-deaf and fat-shaming.
Since the trailer's release a Change.org petition was set up demanding the streaming service not release the series, claiming the themes of the series are toxic.
"This is not an isolated case, but part of a much larger problem that I can promise you every single woman has faced in her life," the petition's description reads.
"Sitting somewhere on the scale of valuing their worth on their bodies, to be desirable objects for the male gaze. That is exactly what this series does. It perpetuates not only the toxicity of diet culture, but the objectification of women's bodies."
In just three days the petition reached over 100,000 signatures and at the writing of this story was already over 120,000.
The stars of the series, Ryan and her co-star Alyssa Milano, responded to the backlash posting messages on social media as well as linking to articles that discuss the series in greater detail.
In a live streamed Periscope Milano also spoke at length about the backlash, asking critics to not judge based solely on the trailer.
"I hope that those of you that tune in and see the full show -- there are 12 episodes -- and see what the show is about, will recognise that this is satire," Milano said before reading out the definition of satire.
This isn't the first time Netflix has been criticised for releasing a series with a harmful message. The highly controversial series 13 Reasons Why was slammed upon release for its depiction of suicide and sexual abuse in a series targeted at teens. The series was also released with little to no content or trigger warnings.
The streaming service responded to criticism by saying they hoped the series would "start conversations" between teens and parents. The series faced similar criticisms when it launched its second and announced a third season.
So far the streaming service has yet to comment on the backlash.
Insatiable is currently scheduled to launch on August 10.