Netflix has confirmed that the controversial satire Insatiable is returning for a second season despite accusations of fat-shaming and a dangerous dieting narrative.
The deluge of complaints and one-star reviews about the first season have all fed into massive viewing figures, with Insatiable becoming one of the most talked-about shows this year.
Insatiable follows Debby Ryan as ‘Fatty Patty’, a bullied overweight teen who, after having her mouth wired shut, loses weight and becomes a glamorous beauty queen – and then decides to enact revenge on those who scorned her.
grab your caboodle. season 2 is coming in 2019. pic.twitter.com/aTBHe3C4GG
— insatiable (@insatiable_) September 12, 2018
The pageant dramedy caused a furore before it was even launched on the streaming service. A petition calling it for its cancellation was created almost immediately after the trailer dropped, and it currently has over 225,000 signatures – a figure which is growing by the minute.
And yet, the backlash hasn’t diminished Netflix’s confidence in the series.
Show creator Lauren Gussis (Dexter) wanted the show to poke fun at – rather than perpetuate – the teen drama trope of the makeover montage. She told Vanity Fair: “The story is not ‘somebody gets thin, becomes happy, and gets everything she wants.’ It’s actually quite the opposite, but the story has to start somewhere.”
Insatiable star Alyssa Milano recently defended the show, saying it is “not shaming Patty. We are addressing the damage that occurs from fat shaming.
“We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming,” she said. “I hope that clears it up.”