Insatiable, dubbed by many as Netflix‘s worst show in existence, has raised quite the controversy since it’s release date on August 10th. The new Netflix Original Series already has a Change.org petition, with over 200,000 signatures, for its cancellation. After the mid-July release of the show’s trailer, articles and quotes shaming both the show and Netflix have been nearly unavoidable.
After a cautious attempt at investigative journalism a.k.a. binge-watching every episode on Netflix, here are 10 things you should know about Insatiable.
Bob Armstrong’s character is played by the same guy who played Greg Yates on SVU.
— baby tay (@BabyTayWho) August 15, 2018
Gregory “Greg” Yates, played by Dallas Roberts, is one of Law and Order: SVU‘s most infamous serial killers. His extra creepy and unrepentant demeanor is what sets his character apart from the other people who commit the vicious felonies and heinous offenses. This makes things feel extremely weird, seeing Bob Armstrong in Insatiable be invested in young girls the way he is.
Almost everyone talks in an over-exaggerated fake southern accent except Debby Ryan.
Y’all, Insatiable on Netflix was CRAZY. If you can get over the really bad fake southern accents that the characters lose and gain at random times, you should watch it
— aquahan (@hannahcampbll) August 14, 2018
Why doesn’t Debby Ryan’s character speak in a bad southern accent? Her mom does. Nearly everyone she is surrounded by does. It just doesn’t make sense. Take this as you will, but until you’ve heard a vagina called a “HOO-HOO” or “HOO-HA” in an unauthentic and totally over exaggerated southern accent, you will never fully understand.
It doesn’t appear to settle on a stance for any of the issues presented.
your new go-to karaoke song. pic.twitter.com/mpuSK4REUP
— insatiable (@insatiable_) August 12, 2018
From fat-shaming to be-YOU-tiful, to religion, to sexual assault, to LGBTQ+, to adoption, to suicide and just about everything in between. The show forms wishy-washy stances at best and seems to more poke fun than anything else.
Regina adopted Dixie from China.
"I am not Asian, I'm adopted." – #Insatiable 😂😂😂 I couldn't stop laughing at things Dixie says.
— cLei ryOu (@catharsis619) August 15, 2018
There seemed to be a lot of talk about Regina finding Dixie in a ditch and rescuing her, but Regina certainly doesn’t come off as the type of person who would even go near a ditch.
The main restaurant featured is called WIENER TACO.
we were told this would be a safe space 🌭🌮 pic.twitter.com/qLSydYD04G
— insatiable (@insatiable_) August 14, 2018
It’s a hot dog served in a taco shell. For a show, this sexually charged, need I say more?
Insatiable deems itself a satire and “a coming of rage story.”
🙏 now streaming 🙏 pic.twitter.com/krzuLjtUx8
— insatiable (@insatiable_) August 12, 2018
Seriously, this show is filled with a lot of teen angst. Every single character acts out of selfishness and negativity. From the adults to the children, not a single thing takes on a selfless or positive light.
An exorcism is performed.
WTF IS GOING ON IN INSATIABLE WHY IS THERE AN EXORCISM WHY IS HER PAGEANT COACH PERFORMING IT FOR HER WHAT IS GOING ONSKDJSJDJAJALANKSJS pic.twitter.com/eMfeURO8J6
— thu (@visionsofthu) August 16, 2018
Just when it seems things couldn’t get any more far-fetched, we throw in an exorcism.
All of the negative publicity is still bringing in viewers and Netflix subscribers.
5 episodes in, and I'm loving Insatiable on Netflix. Plenty of laugh out loud moments. Not the kind of show I'd usually watch, goes to show there really is no such thing as bad publicity.
— Hobus Shotgunus (@AwesomoVonTrapp) August 13, 2018
So many think pieces attacking Insatiable on Netflix… drilling up more publicity than it could ever have hoped for. 🤔
— Michael Bird (@Michael_Bird_) August 13, 2018
The whole world hating on #Insatiable even since the trailer was released, and now I’m watching it. Looks like there is no such thing as bad publicity. #Netflix #bingewatching #tv #FridayFeeIing #FridayMotivation
— Don Luis Zavala (@DonLuisZavala) August 11, 2018
re: insatiable, there is a chance that the trailer is misleading and was purposely created this way in order to create drama over the show as a marketing/publicity stunt… its kind of unlikely, but it's not fair to petition the show to be cancelled before its aired.
— k (@cutmylip_mp3) July 23, 2018
Both negative publicity and positive publicity have proven to be effective.
The first season ends on a major cliffhanger.
I’d be lying if I said it didn’t leave me wanting to know what happens next.
The stars of Insatiable claim the stance is “anti-bullying.”
Debby Ryan issued a statement asking fans to give the show a chance before passing judgment:
— debbyryan (@DebbyRyan) July 21, 2018
“As someone who cares deeply about the way our bodies, especially women’s, are shamed and policed in society, I was so excited to work on Insatiable because it’s a show that addresses and confronts those ideas through satire,” she begins. “Satire is a way to poke fun at the hardest things, bring darkness into the light, and enter difficult conversations.”
“I have to laugh at my pain, otherwise I’ll dissolve and weep and get stuck instead of working through it,” she continues. “It’s a coping mechanism and, for a lot of people who are telling these stories, a healing mechanism. Over the last few days I’ve seen how many voices are protective and fiercely outspoken about the themes that come into play in this story. I’m grateful for that, and comforted by it, because I want those stories told right too.”
“Twelve years into my own struggles with body image, struggles that took me in and out of terrible places I never want to go again, things I choose every day to leave behind, 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,” she adds. “It was very important to Lauren Gussis, our writer and showrunner from whose brain and heart and life the character of Patty was born, as well as to me, that any scenes where Patty was heavier don’t use her size as a punchline, and never justify the abuse she suffers. The humor is not in the fat-shaming (or thin-shaming, slut-shaming, virgin-shaming, ‘glam-shaming,’ for fans of Arie’s season of the Bachelor…). The redemption is in identifying the bullies and saying ‘this is not okay.’”
“We’re not in the business of fat shaming,” she shares while going on to discuss her character. “We’re out to turn a sharp eye on broken, harmful systems that equate thinness with worth.”
“I hope fans will wait and watch the show before passing judgment,” she finishes. “If you go for this ride, I think you’ll recognize both yourself and the things that make you mad about our fractured and beauty-obsessed culture.”
All in all, the Insatiable creators obviously have some dark senses of humor. After watching the entire first season, I do not think Debby Ryan is incorrect in asking people not to pass judgment on the show and to form their own opinions. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, though.