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Debby Ryan started in various television commercials in her early teenage years, got her first break on television on the show Barney and Friends. If you are a 90s’ kid then you might see her in Disney Channel’s The Suite Life on Deck. Her show Insatiable first season telecasted on Netflix. Lets not forget her singer side and her originals like ‘We Ended Right’. She also plays multiple instruments like guitar, keyboard, piano etc.

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If only the worst thing about Netflix’s Insatiable were its lazy portrayals of fat people, or its tone-deaf deployment of sexual assault and abuse as comedy, or its embrace of racist tropes, or its portrayals of people with southern accents as dumb hicks, or its white-hot conviction that same-sex attraction is either inherently hilarious or a teaching moment.

Oh, if only.

Don’t misunderstand: It deserves every word of the early petitioning after its trailer was released about how its fat-suit yuks come cheaply and at the expense of the already maligned. But the show on the whole — and I know, because I fruitlessly watched all 12 episodes like I was running deeper and deeper into a burning building in search of a swimming pool that would never materialize — is more to be puzzled over than despised. This is the purest evidence yet that Netflix has plenty of seasons of Friends and a lot of cute avatar options, but no quality control.

No, my friends, Netflix is a big old stuff bucket. And when the stuff poured from the bucket is good, it’s not because it needed to be.

Insatiable begins with a fat 17-year-old named Patty (Patty was not a popular name in 2001, but it rhymes with “Fatty,” so), who suddenly loses 70 pounds in three months. “How?” you might ask. And I would say, “Well, naturally, it was because she had her jaw wired shut.” Here, you might furrow your brow and say, “Why was her jaw wired shut?” And I would say, “Because she was punched by a homeless man!” If you are not already doubled over with the sheer hilarity of it, you might say, “Why did a homeless man punch her?” And I would say, “Because she punched him first!”

Now here, you might reasonably ask me why Patty punched a homeless man, and I would warn you that once you heard the answer, you would feel the plunge of your once-vibrant soul into the depths of this very bad idea — the first sign that no matter how bad you have heard that Insatiable is, no matter how bad the petitions have concluded that it is, it is worse.

Because the answer to why Patty punched a homeless man is: He tried to steal her candy bar. Protecting candy to the point of violence is sort of the “jump to light speed” of ridiculing your fat characters — it shorthands their shameful appetites, their lack of rationality and discipline, their single-minded prey drive, and their infantile attachment to foods mostly associated with children. This is nothing more or less than the fastest (and, let me add, the most clichéd) way to dehumanize a teenage girl along this particular axis. It’s the padded Jenna Maroney growling “ME WANT FOOOOOD!” on 30 Rock, if that were intended to develop a character you’d later be expected to really care about.

Since all but the first few minutes of Patty’s story involve Patty as a thin girl, these early scenes show star Debby Ryan, a very thin actress, in a fat suit. What that means is that her fat body is just a thin girl galumphing around strapped up in pillows she’s not used to, meaning she can only appear graceless and unformed, like a guy on a street corner in a hot dog costume. To the degree a real fat girl might have a sway to her hips, a comfort in her stance, or a center of gravity she’s learned to navigate, you’ll never get a look at it this way.

Given that Patty loses all this weight via having her jaw wired shut, they skip the process of having her body change — in other words, the actual transformation part of the transformation story. She just suddenly shows up in the same rail-thin body most actresses have, looking nothing whatsoever like people who lose a large amount of weight in a short time. In the world of Insatiable, Patty lives the dream in which an external force simply peels weight off of her without her having any agency whatsoever, and she wakes up looking the way she’s always wanted to look. And other than at a couple of highly emotional moments when she binge-eats in scenes portrayed as grotesque, her weight and her eating habits are never an issue again. This, it should go without saying, is generally not how it goes.

Patty meets Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts), a lawyer and former pageant coach who has been disgraced by a false accusation of sexual abuse (played for comedy as a screaming, scheming mother makes the accusation out of pure spite). Bob represents Patty when she’s prosecuted for punching the candy-stealer, and Patty gets out of trouble by — what a coincidence! — falsely claiming that she punched the man because she feared a sexual assault. (If you’re keeping score, that’s two false accusations in the first episode.) Bob realizes that Patty’s newly acceptable body is his ticket back into pageants. Before you know it, Bob and Patty are pursuing the title of Miss Magic Jesus (?), while Patty nurses a sudden, inexplicable, all-consuming crush on Bob.

“But of course,” you may protest as these absurdities accumulate, “realism is beside the point! It is satire!”

Let me assure you: It is not satire. Insatiable is satire in the same way someone who screams profanities out a car window is a spoken-word poet. Satire requires a point of view; this has none. It generally requires some feel for humor, however dark; this has none. It requires a mastery of tone; this has none. It requires a sense that the actors are all part of the same project; this has none.

Eventually, a whole mess of characters inhabit this world: Patty’s alcoholic, neglectful mother who begins feeling competitive with Patty the minute she gets thin; Coralee, Bob’s narcissistic social-climber wife (Alyssa Milano, why are you here?), who begins feeling competitive with Patty once Bob starts coaching her; Bob’s often shirtless rival (Christopher Gorham, why?), with whom Bob shares allegedly hilarious homoerotic energy in the early episodes; Patty’s best friend Nonnie, the one person who loved her when she was fat … let’s see, who else, who else?

Oh, right: Bob and Coralee’s teenage son, Brick, who’s sleeping with one of mothers of one of Patty’s high-school rivals. This story is treated as extremely funny, and the mother as gloriously trashy, and nobody seems too terribly concerned about the fact that it involves an adult having sex with a minor.

Looking from a distance at the plot description, it would be easy to wonder whether it’s something genuinely daring, a look at the dark underbelly of … something or other. Maybe it’s inspired by the likes of To Die For, or Election, or … something? Surely, some of this can be attributed to same kind of wackadoodle speed-plotting as, say, Jane The Virgin?

No. No, no. Understand: The biggest problem with this show is not that it’s crazy or offensive. It certainly is obnoxious in its treatment of all kinds of people — on top of the insulting fat-suit stuff, it contains other tropes and types best avoided: an awkward and unsexy Asian-American boy, a magical sassy godmother who is fat and black and a lesbian who exists only to educate thin white girls on how to live their best lives, and so forth.

But it’s so much more than that. Story elements are introduced and then abandoned. Jokes fall flat, flatter, flattest. Patty swerves without reason or nuance from eye-narrowing, vengeance-swearing vixen to lip-quivering, damp-eyed waif. A character who loves someone in one scene will hate them in the next. Characters who have been kind will be cruel and vice-versa, without any explanation or motive.

Perhaps nothing in Insatiable is more bizarre than the attempts to hammer viewers with unearned emotional notes. You may recall that there were no deeply felt Very Special Episodes of Seinfeld or 30 Rock, because they would have been so out of place — the way they are here.

While Insatiable would like you to excuse its considerable meanness as satire or even good-doing, the truth is that it’s often tooth-tinglingly saccharine. Series creator Lauren Gussis and some of the members of the cast have claimed that the show is about revealing the negative effects of bullying and fat-shaming, which may well have been the good-faith intent at one time, but which is nowhere in the final product. It’s fair, though, to say the show isn’t always shaming Patty, exactly, just as Alyssa Milano has said it isn’t on Twitter. It is often pitying Patty.

That’s probably the one way in which the trailer that caused so much aggravation is, in fact, not representative of the show: The trailer focuses on the parts of the series where Patty is crazy and vengeful, and it doesn’t address the parts where Patty is pathetic and miserable, which are also plentiful. For instance, we get to see Patty at one point, thin and looking precisely like a model in a magazine, weeping in a dressing room in a bikini because she’s convinced that she’s fat and ugly. She is assured by Nonnie that this is no longer the case. Certainly, misapprehending the reality of your own looks is a real thing worth addressing! But the buck-up-little-buddy message of this sequence is not “love yourself no matter how you look” or “fat-shaming is bad.” It’s “even if you don’t see it, you are in fact thin and pretty!” Nothing here is challenging what categories of people deserve love; only whether Patty can learn to accept that she’s been in the good category ever since they wired her jaw shut.

Maybe the intent is to say Patty always deserved love, but there is no way — none — around the fact that if what you want to demonstrate in a story is that someone deserves love in a particular state of being, you must show them being loved in that state. And if you, the storyteller, can’t bring yourself to show it, you probably don’t quite believe it.

The only way this show could have been saved would have been making it shorter by degrees of magnitude. Insatiable might have made, with most of its extraneous plot elements and stereotypes excised, a passable if simplistic movie. A girl who suddenly becomes skinny and wrongly believes that it will fix everything? It probably would not have been good, and it sure would not have been new, but it would have been less bad than this. And very late in the game, there is a chunk of Bob’s story — maybe 10 minutes or so of screen time — that’s nicely done and worth watching, though not nearly as revolutionary as it thinks it is, and not at all reconcilable with things that happened earlier. But still! It’s something.

But oh, it is a slog. There are 12 episodes, some as long as 51 or 52 minutes long. There’s just way, way too much of it. As with a Minnesota winter or an oral surgery, Insatiable’s duration is almost more punishing than the experience itself. Filler follows filler, blind alley follows blind alley. There’s a paternity test! There’s an exorcism! None of it is relevant!

What’s funny — what took me several long episodes to realize — is that I could have forgiven Insatiable for the insulting premise identifiable from its trailer. I would have. I know, because I’ve done it, over and over, more times than I can count. I gave it all 12 episodes to change my mind — or to change its mind about Patty. I’ve forgiven fat jokes and insulting portrayals and ignorant caricatures and donuts and candy and “ME WANT FOOOOD” in probably half the movies and TV shows I’ve ever loved. Fat Monica and Parks and Rec’s obesity jokes and monologue jokes by comics I think are brilliant. I’ve done it with funny movies where it’s not until I rewatch them that I even remember that they have That Moment, That Fat Guy, That Gluttonous Slob. I seal memories of moments into capsules and bury them, just so I can watch the same things everybody else does. Mostly, it’s fine.

Insatiable doesn’t deserve the second chance I’d have extended it if it had become good after that dehumanizing opening sequence. So perhaps it’s just as well that it didn’t.

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Debby Ryan Weight Loss – The Complete Details!

Debby Ryan started acting at the age of seven when she fell in love with live performance theatre and found fame later on when Debby was discovered by Disney Channel during a search, which spanned the entirety of America. She later found fame after being cast in the show ‘The Suite Life on Deck’ playing the character of Bailey Pickett.

The actress has been in the public’s life for more than 13 years now, and with all the attention come to hate and envy. The actress was not exempt from the meanness of the naysayers, haters, trolls, and body shaming people who did all they could to make her feel bad. It got so bad; at one point, the people were suggesting the actress was on drugs, which was just ridiculous and hurtful.

Debby Ryan is an actress who made her career on Disney Channel.

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Debby always tried to look at the bright side of things, but then there were always these people who were hell-bent on making her feel bad about the life she was living. Considering the actress suffered from body dysmorphia from the age of 13, this was just too much for her and coupled with the fact someone close to her was suffering from cancer, the actress got an eating disorder, and soon she was about 12 pounds heavier which only gave the trolls more ammunition.

Debby Ryan Weight Gain; The Whole Truth

Debby Ryan getting fat was a huge internet fodder for a while.

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Though a celebrity may look to be with everything they could ever want, no one really knows what a person is really going through. This is true for everyone; someone’s problem is greater than other’s, but they are still problems, and Debby suffered for the longest time with body dysmorphia.

Body dysmorphia means “a mental health disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can’t be seen by others.” The actress knew she was suffering from the condition since she was 13 years when she was sent to a psychiatrist.

Debby got fat after suffering from a eating disorder.

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For the longest time, the actress suffered from the condition, and when someone is suffering from body dysmorphia, some of the time, the people are in a constant state of trying to be comfortable in their own skin to not much avail. Then there was the heartbreaking condition of someone close to Debby who was suffering from cancer.

Seeing someone struggle with cancer gave the actress a lot of anxiety, which resulted in an eating disorder. Debby said, “I’d gone through heartbreak, and my close friend was going through cancer, and I emotionally ate and was dealing with a full-blown eating disorder. I put on 12 pounds, which isn’t much on the Hollywood scale, but everyone online was calling me fat and speculating that I was on drugs. It enraged me so much.”

Debby was suffering from eating disorder and then she decided to get back to her previous size.

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The actress put on 12 pounds, and she was getting comments on Instagram where people were asking if she was doing drugs. People talking behind her back in Hollywood and pretending to like her in front of her face, she knew the truth, but it was a hard time for her. The actress never revealed she was suffering from an eating disorder, and people were making stories of the actress losing it.

Debby got fat for a short period of time, and then she got help, took on a diet, and started on her weight loss journey. Now, she is starring in the Netflix series Insatiable.

Debby Ryan Weight Loss: Diet, Exercise, and Determination to Get Herself on the Weight Loss Journey

When people started to body shame her, the actress said she was “enraged.” But then she started to get on a diet, and the 12 pounds went away like they were never really there. She was getting ready for the role of Patty in the show Insatiable, a character who is also going through bullying for her weight loss, and change was needed in both of their lives.

Green diet, calorie control, and sating sugar craving was the way for the actress on her path to weight loss, and then there were frequent exercises, and she was back to her old self. But even after proving the naysayers wrong, the actress was not in the mood to gloat and look down on others. She was fine with the life she was living, and as long as it was a happy life, she did not care about a thing others were saying.

When compared to her character on the show Insatiable, the actress likes to distance herself from the revenge aspect of the character. She said, “The Patty in me – who will forever live inside me, and I will forever live inside her – sees my face on billboards right now, looking down at the people who said and did horrible things to me, and there’s not even a tiny part of me that can say, ‘Ha! Now I’m on a billboard looking down on you!”

But she is not letting her inner Patty out into the world, “All I can think about is marking and celebrating the days of going without being unhealthy and falling back into bad habits. The redemption for me is that this whole struggle can now live outside of me on the show, and is no longer hidden.”

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The actress also stated, after battling with body dysmorphia for more than half her life, the actress is finally getting more comfortable with who she is, and maybe it is also to do with her fiancé Josh Dun (21 Pilots drummer) who is caring and loving and also extremely supportive.

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‘Insatiable’ Star Debby Ryan Defends Show’s Controversial Use of a Fatsuit, Comparing it to ‘Friends’

It would be putting it mildly to say that “Insatiable” has not been well received, as the Netflix drama about fat-shaming has been accused of doing what it’s ostensibly criticizing. One aspect of the show that’s received particular criticism is its use of a fatsuit in flashback scenes, something that star Debby Ryan said she was initially hesitant about — and didn’t want to come across like it did in “Friends.”

“We knew that this conversation needed to be had. We knew that this societal brokenness needed to be addressed, but we didn’t know how badly it needed to be addressed,” Ryan says in an interview with Teen Vogue, her first about the polarizing series. “My friend, a few days before the trailer hit, in reference to something else, said, ‘The size of the reaction is the size of the wound,’ and it stayed with me.”

As for the fatsuit, which is used to show her character pre–weight loss, the actress was worried that “it would almost be done in parody like in ‘Friends.’”

“There was a point where and I are like, ‘If at any point this is funny, if at any point people laugh, we’re not doing it.’” Ryan adds. “We’re not doing the show that we’re trying to do,” Ryan explained. “We’re just trying to portray an origin story. We’re trying to showcase that.” Read her full interview here.

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Debby admits she initially scoffed at the idea. “I swore off TV. I was like, ‘I’m only going to do movies,’” she says. But after going on a number of disappointing auditions for films with one-dimensional characters, and hearing how much peers in the industry liked the Insatiable script, she decided to give it a chance. While auditioning for the role, she and show creator Lauren Gussis forged an emotional connection while discussing how they wanted Patty to be represented.

“I was like, I just wanna be really clear that I’ve never seen rage and disordered eating and this want for justice that’s so misguided. I think that it can be done in a really cool way, it can just be a farce and blatantly mocked and move us so far backward. And I did not do so much work for myself to then get to a place of regressing the conversation,” Debby says. Lauren agreed that she, too, was protective of Patty’s story — seeing as it’s based on her own struggles growing up as a teen with binge-eating.

“So many of the messages I believed as a kid growing up were, if you fix your outside, suddenly you’re a good person,” Lauren told Vanity Fair. “If I only looked this way, or did this thing, I would be a popular 17-year-old girl. But the more attention I put on dieting or exercise, the less attention I put on my inside. Then I got angrier and angrier and I didn’t understand why.” Lauren hoped that the show would make fun of the trope of the “makeover montage,” wherein a perfectly average looking person (who we are supposed to believe is the “ugly duckling”) undergoes a transformation into a beautiful swan. After all, the in-joke in Princess Diaries is that Anne Hathaway didn’t need the makeover — she was a princess all along.

“For better or worse, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen what other people see. I don’t know if everyone sees differently.”

Yet whatever the aims and intentions, critics have been vocal about the ways they believe the show didn’t meet the bar for effective satire, especially in light of the sensitivity of the topic and the rampant rate at which young people suffer from eating disorders. When the trailer was first released, it drew immediate criticism online, particularly on social media, with people accusing it of spreading a toxic message that one’s value lies in their physical appearance, and that you have to be thin in order to receive compassion and love from others. Before its release, a Change.org petition (with over 200,000 signatures and counting) called for Netflix to nix it altogether.

When asked about the criticism, Debby said it surprised her. “We knew that this conversation needed to be had. We knew that this societal brokenness needed to be addressed, but we didn’t know how badly it needed to be addressed,” she says. But she understands the criticism, as well. “My friend, a few days before the trailer hit, in reference to something else, said, ‘The size of the reaction is the size of the wound,’ and it stayed with me.”

Since the premiere of Insatiable, reviews have been mixed — with the alleged fat-shaming being just one area of fan concern. At NPR, Linda Holmes took to task the show’s “other tropes and types best avoided: an awkward and unsexy Asian-American boy, a magical sassy godmother who is fat and black and a lesbian who exists only to educate thin white girls on how to live their best lives, and so forth.”

What’s more, Holmes posits that “Maybe the intent is to say Patty always deserved love, but there is no way — none — around the fact that if what you want to demonstrate in a story is that someone deserves love in a particular state of being, you must show them being loved in that state.”

Born Name

Deborah Ann Ryan

Nick Name

Debby Ryan, Debs

Sun Sign

Taurus

Born Place

Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Nationality

Education

Debby started her education at Fossil Hill Middle School, Texas. Then she moved to Fossil Ridge High School to finish her academics.

Occupation

Actress and Singer

Family

  • Father – John Ryan (Military Officer)
  • Mother – Missy Ryan
  • Siblings – Chase Ryan (Brother)

Manager

Heaven Eaker

Genre

Theatre, Drama (Acting)

Jazz, Country Pop, Alternative Rock, folk, indie pop (Singing)

Instruments

Guitar, Piano and Keyboard

Labels

Ryan River Studio

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 5 in or 165 cm

Weight

59 kg or 130 pounds

Boyfriend / Spouse

Debby Ryan dated –

  1. Justin Bieber – Canadian pop artist. The actress firstly got her name attached with the singer, but later on, it was proved to be a RUMOR.
  2. James Maslow – An American actor, singer, and dancer. After the rumors of her affair with Justin, her name got attached with James Maslow, but the same result came. The relation proved to be a RUMOR.
  3. Jason Dolley (2008-09) – An American actor and musician. The actress had her first romantic affair with Jason, one of the Disney stars. Both were together for almost a year.
  4. Sean Marquette (2009) – An American actor. After her breakup with Jason, the actress was said to be dating Sean. These RUMORs ended after she confirmed her bonding with Gregg.
  5. Gregg Sulkin (2009-10) – An English Actor. Debby found her love in Gregg after she broke up with Jason. But the teenage actress didn’t stay with English star for long and called off her relationship after a year of dating in January 2010.
  6. Lucas Till (2010) – An American actor. The actors were RUMORed to be dating in 2010 when they were spotted together a couple of times. They were introduced to each other via a mutual friend.
  7. Jean-Luc Bilodeau (2010) – Canadian actor. Debby had some close time with her ’16 wishes’ co-star, but not for long.
  8. Josh Dun (2013-2015, 2018-Present) – In May 2013, Debby started dating musician Josh Dun ON and OFF. On August 5, 2014, the duo was seen together at a date night in Los Angeles. They then separated amicably in May 2015. They reconciled later in 2018 and on December 23, 2018, Josh revealed publicly via Instagram that they had got engaged.
  9. Spencer Boldman (2013-2014) – On September 5, 2013, the actors were seen getting cozy. They dated until May 19, 2014. The couple has now separated.

Debby Ryan with ex-boyfriend Jean-Luc Bilodeau

Race / Ethnicity

White

Hair Color

She has dyed her hair ‘Red.’

Her natural hair color is dusty brown.

Eye Color

Amber

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Debby’s beautiful face combined with her acting and musical skills.

Measurements

35-28-34 in or 89-71-87 cm

Dress Size

8 (US) or 40 (EU)

Bra Size

32C

Shoe Size

8.5 (US)

Brand Endorsements

iDog, Disney’s Friends for Change. She is planning to launch her own clothing line.

Religion

Christianity

Best Known For

Debby is best known for her role of Bailey Pickett in Disney Channel Original Series ‘The Suite Life on Deck’.

First Film

Barney: Let’s Go To The Firehouse (2007). It was Barney and Friends(s) straight-to-DVD Film. She played the role of a teenager.

First TV Show

The Suite Life On Deck from 2008 to 2011. She played the role of Bailey Pickett. It was a sequel to Disney Channel Series ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’.

Debby Ryan Favorite Things

  • Favorite People – Ricky Ullman & Khleo Thomas
  • Favorite Movies – Queen Sized
  • Favorite TV Show – Phineas and Ferb
  • Favorite Food – Soups

Debby Ryan Facts

  1. Debby’s show ‘The Suite Life On Deck’ is TV’s Top Series among kids (Age – 6 to 11) and No. 2 among tweens (Age – 9 to 14).
  2. She started her professional theatre acting when she was just 7.
  3. Disney discovered her in a nationwide search for their Series.
  4. She has appeared in the film ‘The Longshots’ (2008). Her character name was Edith.
  5. She, in 2009, appeared as a guest star in ‘Wizards of the Waverly Place’. The episode was entitled ‘Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana’.
  6. Her film ’16 wishes’ was most-watched cable program, the day it premiered on Disney Channel.
  7. Her film ’16 Wishes’ received high viewership in the adult demographic (Age – 18 to 34).
  8. The success of ’16 Wishes’ got her two films- ‘What If…’ & ‘Radio Rebel’.
  9. She has worked in Disney Channel Original Series ‘Jessie’.
  10. She has performed in Churches, Theatre performance groups & so many Talent Competitions.
  11. Formed in 2012, she is a part of the indie rock and folk band, The Never Ending (also stylized as THΞ ΠΞvΞR ΞΠDIΠG). Past members of the band include Edwin Carranza, Carman Kubanda, and Harry Allen.
  12. Visit her official website @ debbyryan.com.
  13. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, and Google+.

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Debby Ryan wasn’t too crazy about wearing a fat suit in the new Netflix series “Insatiable,” afraid, like critics, that it would be done in a way that made fun of people whose bodies don’t fit the commercialized idea of beauty.

In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Ryan said that she was afraid “it would almost be done in parody like in ‘Friends’” — referring to flashback scenes in the NBC sitcom that portray Monica (Courteney Cox) in a fat suit. The actress said that she and executive producer Lauren Gussis didn’t want to use the fat suit if it tipped towards making fun.

“There was a point where Lauren and I are like, If at any point this is funny, if at any point people laugh, we’re not doing it. We’re not doing the show that we’re trying to do. We’re just trying to portray an origin story. We’re trying to showcase that,” she said to Teen Vogue. She added that wearing the suit was an “eye-opening” experience.

Also Read: Alyssa Milano Combats ‘Fat Shaming’ Backlash Over ‘Insatiable’: ‘We Are Addressing the Damage’

“I was enraged and I learned what a slight percentage of Patty’s rage would feel like in that situation, to be like, ‘How dare you?’” Debby says. “To be able to experience that was super educational and really eye-opening,” she said.

After Netflix dropped the trailer for the comedy back in July, several viewers on Twitter were skeptical of the series, calling the show “toxic” for putting Ryan in a fat suit and inspiring a Change.org petition to cancel the series’ release.

Alyssa Milano, who also stars in the series, responded to critics on her own Twitter account.

Also Read: ‘Insatiable’ Trailer: Alyssa Milano Pops Up in Netflix’s Extra High School-Revenge Comedy (Video)

“We are not shaming Patty. We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up,” she said.

Ryan told the magazine that she understands the criticism of the show. “We knew that this conversation needed to be had. We knew that this societal brokenness needed to be addressed, but we didn’t know how badly it needed to be addressed,” she said.

“Insatiable” is now streaming on Netflix.

Netflix in August: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

  • Arriving Aug. 1: “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”

    For anyone wanting to brush up on the “LOTR” series before the TV adaptation hits Amazon, now is your chance. The first installment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy hits Netflix on the first of the month.

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  • Arriving Aug. 10: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

    If “Set It Up” had you wanting more from Glenn Powell and “Mama Mia Here We Go Again” had you wanting more from Lily James, we have the perfect movie for you. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name and follows James as a journalist, with Powell playing her love interest. Watch the trailer here.

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  • Arriving Aug. 10: “Insatiable”

    Debby Ryan stars in this tale of a high school student used to be teased for her looks finding herself suddenly beautiful. The trailer garnered backlash, with critics saying that the series promotes fat-shaming. Tune in Aug. 10 to decide for yourself.

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  • Arriving Aug. 17: “Disenchantment”

    The latest from Matt Groening features the voice of “Broad City” star Abbi Jacobson as Bean, a drinking princess, and follows her adventures with companion Elfo and her own personal demon Luci.

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  • Arriving Aug. 24: “The Innocents”

    This sci-fi offering features Sorcha Groundsell as June, who starts a new life in London but finds herself involuntarily shape-shifting. The series also stars Guy Pearce and Percelle Ascott.

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  • Arriving Aug. 31: “Ozark” Season 2

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The first season of Netflix comedy Insatiable was mired in controversy from the very first trailer, which featured the slender actor Debby Ryan donning a fat suit to play Patty Bladell, an overweight and relentlessly bullied teen who seeks revenge after she transforms into a slim beauty pageant contestant. The show was clearly intended to be a satire of pageant culture à la Drop Dead Gorgeous, but the candy-colored tones never quite squared with the show’s sense of humor, which could be recklessly cruel without ever being particularly funny. The show was panned by TV critics (it received only a 13% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but the constant stream of press also led to a large viewership and so, somewhat amazingly, it’s returned for a second season.

I expected Insatiable to lean even further into controversy this time around. After all, any number of shows that receive tremendous critical acclaim (Tuca & Bertie, anyone?) don’t necessarily meet the viewership necessary for Netflix to offer a series another go. But although intrigue about the show’s more inflammatory elements may have increased the number of people watching, the second season of Insatiable isn’t at all interested in controversy.

Instead, it quietly attends to its previous mistakes in a way that is almost overwhelming earnest. Nowhere is this clearer than in the way it handles Patty’s overeating. In the first season, Patty’s propensity to binge was presented as a joke; in season two, we actually see her eating disorder get taken seriously, with Patty regularly attending an overeaters anonymous support group, featuring people of all shapes and sizes who struggle with various eating issues. Everyone from her goofy pageant manager to her best friend to her mom earnestly discusses how important it is that Patty seeks help for what they now see as a very real problem.

The new season doesn’t just look at disordered eating with greater mindfulness and respect; it also attempts to do the same with plotlines involving race, gender, sexuality, and disability. And yet viewers who were concerned by how season one handled social issues are unlikely to be seduced by this new, less “problematic” season. For one thing, many of these changes feel like Band-Aid solutions, quick fixes that don’t erase the overwhelmingly crass first attempt. For all its efforts at zaniness, Insatiable still struggles to be consistently funny. Beyond some sharp jabs at pageant culture and the flagrant hypocrisy of people utterly obsessed with image, the vast majority of gags are actually pretty tame and repetitive. There is a recurrent joke, for example, about whether to call a silly tampon product “Tampazzle” or “Tampoozle” that becomes overwhelmingly unfunny the more the characters talk about it.

The most consistently interesting thing about Insatiable is not its take on pageants and beauty culture at all, but its take on sexuality, with Patty’s pageant coach, Bob Armstrong, as the best, most subversive character of the series. When Patty’s unreliable narration about her propensity to eat too much and murder becomes old hat, Bob’s insatiable longings are actually pretty thrilling. A middle-aged lawyer who loves his caboodle case and matching tie and pocket squares, Bob’s bisexual coming-out story is zany, charming and filled with unexpected self-revelations, which include a fondness for threesomes (but only if they involve his ex-wife and frenemy) and an amazing and unwavering loyalty to Patty no matter how many people she kills.

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In contrast, Patty’s odd descent from bullied teen to unhinged serial killer doesn’t feel original in the way the show clearly wants it to be. There have been many depictions of teen girls in crisis in pop culture, and Patty’s character simply isn’t special enough to successfully satirize our societal obsession with pretty young women. This is particularly frustrating precisely because the female antihero genre has largely flourished over the past decade, with shows such as Orange is The New Black, Sharp Objects and Fleabag reimagining what it means for a female character to be “likable”. Likewise, viewers looking for smart shows featuring unique teen girl protagonists have a smorgasbord of options, from Sex Education to Big Mouth to Pen15.

These shows succeed because they feature protagonists who are multi-faceted, while Patty Bladell strikes the same few notes over and over again. Her transformation should feel surprising and dynamic, but we never get to know Patty well enough to understand her rage. Some of this has to do with pacing:each long episode is chock full of so many random plotlines that it’s hard to anchor ourselves to Patty’s evolution. Another problem is that this season just takes itself and Patty’s travails way too seriously to make the most of the show’s absurd potential. Moments of mayhem are often followed by on-the-nose commentary that comes across as timid rather than self-assured.

Insatiable is at its best when it eschews easy stereotypes to offer an unwavering look at how modern society often feeds self-destructive behavior. At the end of the season, Patty tells Bob, rather menacingly: “Nothing tastes as good as killing feels” – a clever rip on the famous Kate Moss quote. My hope is that the next season explores this intriguing darkness. Rather than making jokes at the expense of Patty or trying to heal her, Insatiable needs to give Patty the space to embody just how villainous self-empowerment culture can be.

Debby Ryan is coming to the defense of Netflix’s controversial new original series Insatiable and its use of a fatsuit.

Jessie alum Debby Ryan’s latest role as “Fatty Patty” on Netflix’s new dark-comedy series Insatiable has drawn criticism long before its weekend debut on the streaming platform. With its storyline based on the premise that being skinny cures “Fatty Patty’s” problems and allows her to set out on her vendetta of revenge, Ryan dons a fat suit for the role, an option that was immediately met with backlash when the trailer was first released.

Speaking with Teen Vogue, Ryan admitted that she was worried that “it would almost be done in parody like in Friends,” in which Courtney Cox wore a fatsuit several times to depict a high school Monica slathering her food with various condiments in a means to be humorous. In an effort to prevent that, she and showrunner Lauren Gussis discussed the matter.

“There was a point where and I are like, ‘If at any point this is funny, if at any point people laugh, we’re not doing it.’ We’re not doing the show that we’re trying to do. We’re just trying to portray an origin story. We’re trying to showcase that,” Ryan said.

Ryan added that the series — which many fans and critics have dubbed a revenge fantasy that clings to the idea that being skinny is the only way to achieve what you’ve always dreamed of — contains a crucial central message that isn’t often talked about.

“We knew that this conversation needed to be had. We knew that this societal brokenness needed to be addressed, but we didn’t know how badly it needed to be addressed,” Ryan said, adding in reference to the series’ criticism “My friend, a few days before the trailer hit, in reference to something else, said, ‘The size of the reaction is the size of the wound,’ and it stayed with me.”

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Regardless of the series’ intentions, both fans and critics have vocally exclaimed that the series does not hit the nail on the head. Vox dubbed Insatiable “one of the cruelest and most poorly crafted shows,” while several viewers claimed that it “glorified eating disorders,” attempted to “make them look glamorous,” and made a “mockery of those with problems with self imagery.”

Although the series sparked so much backlash that a petition was created in an attempt to prevent its release, showrunner Lauren Gussis claimed that the series drew from her own experiences and was meant to serve as a “cautionary tale.”

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