Fri­day In­sa­tiable Net­flix

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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.

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