‘Insatiable’ Sparks Controversy


By Elnara Muradova, reporter

The new show “Insatiable”, aired on August 10, 2018 on Netflix and has been gaining popularity these past two weeks. This show is about a a girl named Patty who was overweight, which caused her to be bullied. Over the summer she gets thinner and wants to get revenge for those who bullied her. Bob Armstrong, who is a Lawyer and a pageant mentor, sees potential in her and takes her in to be his pageant prodigy.

This movie actually has caused a bit of controversy. People think that it is extremely fat-shaming because the whole show is based off of her getting skinnier and how it has helped her a lot. In the show she says, “Skinny is magic.” several times, and reviewers say that that is insulting. Critics say that the show, “Perpetuates the narrative that women and girls need to be thin in order to be popular, have friends, be desirable for the male gaze, and to some extent be a worthy human.” They also say, “This show will cause eating disorders, and perpetuate the further objectification of women’s bodies.” Lauren Gussis, the writer of “Insatiable”, defends the show by saying, “Fat shaming is in the DNA of the show,” and “Ultimately the message of the show is that what is most important is you feel most important.”

Personally, I don’t think its all that bad of an issue because there are so many side plots in the show that you don’t even really pay attention to the “fat shaming.” I never really knew that this was an issue until I searched up “Insatiable” on google and found about 10 articles addressing it. I think that the new show is entertaining, interesting, and funny. I highly recommend you watch it, maybe you will form your own insight.