Alyssa Milano defends new Netflix show 'Insatiable' after fat-shaming backlash

Netflix released the trailer for its new series Insatiable on Thursday, and the dark comedy was met with swift backlash for its “fat shaming” premise.

Disney alum Debby Ryan stars as “fatty Patty,” an overweight high-school student who gets her jaw wired shut and loses weight. “Now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself,” a synopsis reads.

Alyssa Milano, who plays Patty’s mom, has been called a hypocrite on Twitter for starring in the “disgusting” show when she’s a big advocate for the women’s movement. The actress responded to one disappointed fan, writing, “We are not shaming Patty.”

Ryan — who wears a fat suit for the overweight scenes — hasn’t addressed the controversy directly, but she retweeted the same Teen Vogue article, which says the comedy is “taking aim at teenage bullying, society’s warped beauty standards, and the monsters that live inside all of us.”

There is plenty to take issue with in the two-minute teaser.

“Having my jaw wired shut lost me more than just my summer vacation,” Patty says. “Now, I could be the former fatty who turned into a brain. Or an athlete. Or a princess. No. I’d rather have revenge.” In another scene, Ryan struts through a park in a red bikini under a sign that reads, “Benefiting Northern Georgia Eating Disorder Recovery Clinic.”

 

The response has been overwhelmingly negative since the trailer’s release.

“What in the absolute f*** is this. Honestly, did anyone who worked on this show talk to a fat person? Like ever? This pushes disordered eating AND the fact that you have to lose weight to be “better”. Shame on everyone who was involved with this project,” one user directed to Ryan and the Insatiable Twitter handle.

The show has been dubbed “toxic,” with many pointing out that this was a big opportunity missed by Netflix.

Netflix is no stranger to controversy when it comes to the shows they market to teens. Many have argued that 13 Reasons Why, which was just renewed for a third season, glorifies suicide. Insatiable is set to drop 12 episodes on Aug. 10. Netflix has yet to address the backlash.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Alyssa Milano attends The Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner in partnership with Bvlgari and Grey Goose at Montage Beverly Hills on February 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Actors Adrian G Alyssa Milano at the Rolling Stone Live: Houston presented by Budweiser and Mercedes-Benz on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Produced in partnership with Talent Resources Sports. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Rolling Stone)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Actress/Founder of Touch by Alyssa Milano, Alyssa Milano (R) attends the Taste Of The NFL 'Party With A Purpose' at Houston University on February 4, 2017 in Houston. at University of Houston on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Taste Of The NFL)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton (L) and actress Alyssa Milano arrive for the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at Ballroom at Bayou Place on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Fanatics)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actress Alyssa Milano arrives at the NHL 100 presented by GEICO Red Carpet as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend at the Microsoft Theater on January 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Alyssa Milano and Jiffpom visit the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Kathryn Tappen, host, NBC Sports, and Alyssa Milano, entrepreneur, actress, philanthropist & founder, Touch by Alyssa Milano, speak onstage at the Women In Sports Business Panel as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star weekend at Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live on January 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Alyssa Milano attends the 2017 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06: David Bugliari and Alyssa Milano attend a benefit hosted by Brian Grazer for the Ghetto Film School on October 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Alyssa Milano attends Kiehl's LifeRide for Ovarian Cancer Research Event at Kiehl's Since 1851 on September 22, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Alyssa Milano attends the Inaugural Fashion Show Benefiting Make-A-Wish with BCBGMAXAZRIA and Celebrity Host Brad Goreski at The Taglyan Complex on August 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Alyssa Milano is seen arriving at Marchesa fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Actress Alyssa Milano attends the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Fashion Fundraiser at Taglyan Cultural Complex on August 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: (L-R) Alyssa Milano and Judith Light attend the 2016 TrevorLive New York event at Marriott Marquis Times Square on June 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 04: Alyssa Milano visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 4, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 15: UNICEF Ambassador and recipient of the 'Spirit of Compassion' award Alyssa Milano at the Children First. An Evening With UNICEF on April 15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Actress Alyssa Milano visits 'Sway in the Morning' with Sway Calloway on Eminem's Shade 45 at the SiriusXM Studios on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Actress Alyssa Milano attends the Variety's Power Of Women: New York 2016 at Cipriani Midtown on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Alyssa Milano attends at AOL Studios In New York on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Adela Loconte/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Actress Alyssa Milano is seen outside 'Huff Post Live' on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Alyssa Milano arrives at Maxim Magazine And Bootsy Bellows Super Bowl Party 2016 at Treasure Island on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California (Photo by Trisha Leeper/FilmMagic)
THE VIEW - Alyssa Milano is a guest on 'The View,' airing Thursday, April 7, 2016. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, ALYSSA MILANO, RAVEN-SYMONE´, JEDEDIAH BILA
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