Netflix has been taking a lot of flak for its decision to air the new series Insatiable, and has defended its position in light of those who have petitioned against it. The streaming service followed through and premiered the series on Friday, and critics’ reviews have not been kind. Insatiable is getting slammed by critics left and right, with scathing reviews such as the one by AV Club’s Danette Chavez apparently revealing the show’s most obvious flaw:
Critics have implied viewers may have more problems with Insatiable beyond its portrayal of body positivity, as Chavez says the show hits just about every offensive stereotype one can imagine in the 12-episode season. Some shows, like South Park, have thrived on that type of offensive comedy, and found success in being a satire that’s an equal opportunity offender. This apparently isn’t the case with Insatiable, which critics like Wenlei Ma of News.com.Au have deemed “unwatchable.”
Some fans of Insatiable might just say the backlash is a product of the times, and that perhaps now wasn’t the best time for Netflix to release a show that features characters who engage in “fat-shaming,” or make false sexual assault allegations. Some critics will concede that point, although as Daily Telegraph’s Ed Power pointed out, it’s baffling to wonder who thought a series like this wouldn’t spark outrage given the major headlines of the past year:
For all the hate Insatiable received, there have been a few critics willing to defend it. While many found the humor of Netflix’s series offensive and largely unfunny, Reason author Glenn Garvin feels quite the opposite. He still thinks the show is offensive, but is still funny, and not nearly as awful as some have made it out to be.
Insatiable‘s cast had some things to say in regards to backlash and viewers responses, so head on over to the next page to see how they responded.