Friday Insatiable Netflix
SCHEDULED to arrive today, Netflix’s new comedy has already generated massive word of mouth before an episode has even been seen. Worryingly for the streaming service, it’s almost all been negative. Over 200,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the 13-part series to be cancelled, over accusations that it’s built around “body-shaming”.
It’s the story of Patty (Debby Ryan), a high school student who is routinely bullied, ignored and mocked for her weight. After she’s punched in the face and has her jaw wired shut, she sheds pounds, and when she returns after summer break is suddenly deemed “hot” and popular. Thus she sets out to use her new position to embark on a campaign to wreak revenge on the tormentors who made her life misery, aided by Bob (Dallas Roberts), a jaded ex-lawyer-turned-beautypageant-coach. Preview episodes weren’t made available to me in time to see the show, so, like most of the people signing the petition calling for its head, all I have to go by is the trailer, which isn’t enough to judge.