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Alyssa Milano Defends ‘Insatiable’ Following ‘Fat Shaming’ Backlash

ET Canada logo ET Canada 2018-07-20 Aynslee Darmon
a woman wearing sunglasses talking on a cell phone: Alyssa Milano is defending her new show “Insatiable”.  © Provided by Corus Media Holdings, Inc. Alyssa Milano is defending her new show “Insatiable”. 

Alyssa Milano is defending her new show "Insatiable".

The upcoming Netflix original series follows Patty, played by Debby Ryan, a high school student who lost a lot of weight and sought revenge on the classmates who previously mocked her for her size.

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The trailer for "Insatiable" dropped Thursday and backlash immediately followed. A petition called for Netflix to cancel the show, with more than 11,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

The petition states: "For so long, the narrative has told women and young impressionable girls that in order to be popular, have friends, to be desirable for the male gaze, and to some extent be a worthy human... that we must be thin... ["Insatiable"] will cause eating disorders, and perpetuate the further objectification of women's bodies. Let's stop this from happening."

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"Really... so she wasn't able to take revenge until she was 'conventionally attractive?'" a Twitter user wrote to Milano, after she shared a link to the trailer. "This is disgusting! You are the face of the Women's Movement and THIS? Shame on you!"

"We are not shaming Patty," Milano tweeted in response. "We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up."

"Insatiable" hits Netflix August 10.


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