Netflix executive Cindy Holland, defends the ‘Insatiable’ after alleged fat-shaming draws cries for the show’s cancellation.
LOS ANGELES – After more than 114,000 irate fans launched a petition on Change.org “Insatiable” will be cancelled, claiming the show promotes the fat-shaming, a Netflix executive was in the series.
Vice-President of the Original Series Cindy Holland, refuted the claims of the fans and defended the streaming giant’s series against the petitioners on Sunday during the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton.
“Lauren Gans, who is the creator felt very strongly about exploring these issues, based on her own experiences, but in a satirical over the top way,” she told reporters.
“Ultimately, the message of the show is that what is most important is that you feel comfortable in your own body. Fat-shaming itself, which is critical, is embedded in the DNA of the show.”
Actress and singer Debby Ryan, who plays the role of Patty, defended the program last week in a note posted on Twitter, she says that she is “a lot” about the bodies of women and how they are “shamed and controlled in society.”
The show focuses on a teenager who is going through a dramatic weight loss and looks to take revenge on her bullies.
“In the last few days, I have seen how many votes are protective and fiercely outspoken about the themes at play in this story.”
She continued: “I was drawn to this show, the willingness to go to the real places about how difficult and scary it can be to a world in a body, if you are to be praised or criticized for his size, and how it feels to pray to be ignored because it’s easier than is seen”
“I hope the fans are waiting and watching the show for a judgment.”
The series focuses on Patty, who is going through a dramatic weight transformation and goes on a mission to take revenge on her bullies.
Ryan is wearing a fat suit at the beginning of the series before you by her weight loss. The character is struck in the face and taunted by her classmates because of her looks.
Petition organizers said the show was toxic, due to the promotion of the poor food culture and the objectification of women’s bodies.
Fox News’ Katherine Lamb contributed to this report.