Why we can't pass judgement on Netflix's 'Insatiable' before it airs
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Last year, Netflix attracted controversy for the drama 13 Reasons Why, which some critics said romanticised youth suicide.
Now, the streaming giant finds itself in a similarly uncomfortable position over another series that mines the social pressures of teenage life, even though no one has even seen it yet.
If Netflix is watching the wildfire as it flames, I sincerely hope the trailer is simply a clever tactic to generate views and discussions, rather than a true indication of the full series.
Personally, I love revenge narratives. I'm all for the underdog finally getting their own, and a revenge story usually involves torment turned into transformation.
This show, in order to redeem itself, must give Patty a captivating, persuasive and absorbing motive to seek revenge and a convincing mechanism in which to do it.
As it stands at the minute though, people aren't convinced with a petition being launched, gaining over 150,000 signatures of its 200,000 goal so far.
The petition stresses the significance of promoting ideas of extreme dieting as a way to gain power and agency to a teenage audience, arguing that “the damage control of releasing this series will be far worse, insidious and sinister for teenage girls than it will be damaging for Netflix in their loss of profit”.
"We still have time to stop this series from being released," wrote the petition's author, Florence Given, "and stop a devastation of self-doubt in the minds of young girls who will think that to be happy and be worthy they need to lose weight."
However, as I mentioned earlier, I hope Netflix doesn't cancel Insatiable, but instead use it as an opportunity to increase representation of "fat" people in life, whether it be in front or behind the camera.
There is a real chance here to show the ugly parts of the process of getting to self-love and acceptance.
Debby Ryan obviously isn't fat but here she is welcomed into spaces where fat actors are typically excluded and with this huge amount of attention, its hard to say what will actually come from all this.
Will the show prove to be another example of fat-shaming or will it take its chance to carry an important message about fatphobia and typical beauty standards?
Only time will tell, given that anyone actually gives Insatiable a chance, but I do hope its the latter.
Insatiable premiers on Netflix on 10th August 2018.