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The creator and stars of Netflix's 'Insatiable' have responded to the 'fat shaming' backlash

Creator Lauren Gussis tweeted that the show is ‘her truth’.

LAST WEEK THE trailer for Netflix’s new show ‘Insatiable’ dropped onto social media and it received a fair bit of backlash with accusations of ‘fat-shaming’ being levelled at the show.

Described as ‘a coming of rage story’, Insatiable follows ‘Patty’ played by Debby Ryan who is bullied for her weight by being excluded and called names like ‘Fatty Patty’ (so original). Then a chance encounter that results in a broken jaw means Debby has her jaw wired shut and loses all the weight. Now everyone wants a piece of her but all Debby is interested in is revenge.

Now, creator Lauren Gussis, as well as stars Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano, have responded to the backlash. All three took to Twitter to defend the show and urged people to ‘give the show a chance’.

First up was creator Lauren Gussis.

Debby Ryan who plays Patty issued a longer statement defending the show.

If you can’t see the full statement click here.

I was drawn to this show’s willingness to go to real places about how difficult and scary it can be to move through the world in a body, whether you’re being praised or criticized for its size and what it feels like to pray to be ignored because it’s easier than being seen.”

Alyssa Milano who plays the wife of Patty’s beauty pageant coach also defended the show.

Lauren Gussis also spoke to Teen Vogue and said that the show was an expression of her experiences with weight loss and the issues she faced as a teenager.

This is my expression of my own process. My own pain. And so I would never mock myself in a way that wasn’t loving. It’s my way of sharing my own experience with the world. So it’s not coming from an outsider’s perspective pointing a finger, it’s from inside.”

However, critics of the show remain unimpressed with the defence of it.

‘Insatiable’ arrives on Netflix on August 10th.

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