The upcoming Netflix comedy “Insatiable” is still under review embargo, but the recent release of a trailer elicited a storm of controversy, with over 130,000 people signing a petition asking Netflix not to release the show over concerns that the premise encourages body-shaming.
But addressing journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour, vice president of original content Cindy Holland responded to a question about the show by saying that the show’s creator, Lauren Gussis, “felt very strongly about exploring those issues, based on her experience, in an over-the-top satirical way,” but that the ultimate message of the show was about being “comfortable with yourself.”
As for the concern that the message of the series promotes body-shaming, Holland observed that “criticism [of fat-shaming] is embedded within the show itself.”
The official description of “Insatiable,” provided by Netflix, is as follows:
“Insatiable” is a dark, twisted revenge comedy starring Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, and Alyssa Milano. For years, Patty (Debby Ryan) has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts), a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestant, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing — first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee (Alyssa Milano) have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Bullies beware: payback’s a bitch, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you’ll be her next treat.
Whether Holland’s answer will ease the controversy is unclear, as more than one reporter observed:
Netflix is really counting on the fact that everyone's reservations about INSATIABLE will be eased once they actually see it.
I am embargoed from commenting on how likely I think that is. #TCA18
— Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) July 29, 2018
If I can editorialize for a second…not lifting the review embargo for #Insatiable upon seeing all of the outrage over a trailer, to me, speaks more about how Netflix feels about that show. People are talking about it organically, but not all press is good press. #TCA18
— Danielle Turchiano (@danielletbd) July 29, 2018
But audiences will get to find out for themselves when “Insatiable” premieres Friday, Aug. 10 on Netflix. Check out the trailer below.