The surging social media controversy surrounding the first trailer for Netflix's dark comedy series Insatiable has inspired one of its stars and the showrunner to comment.
Alyssa Milano, who stars in the show, took to Twitter to engage with a disappointed user, @thecursedempath, who questioned the trailer for potential body shaming.
We are not shaming Patty. We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up. Also, this article does a good job of explaining it more: https://t.co/WoR8R7TjqR #Insatiable https://t.co/GFkDdsn1uh— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 19, 2018
Insatiable stars former Disney Channel star Debby Ryan's Patty, a high schooler who for years was bullied for her weight. But after having her jaw wired shut for a summer, she returns to school thinner and more conventionally attractive. While those who used to treat Patty poorly want to friend her up now, Patty seeks revenge against them.
Showrunner Lauren Gussis (Dexter) also entered the fray, responding to both Milano and @thecursedempath with further defense of the show's attempted critique of body shaming.
We are actually bully shaming. Not fat shaming. Please take a moment to watch the show rather than judging a book by its cover... which exactly the issue we are trying to confront.— Lauren Gussis (@GussisLauren) July 19, 2018
Vocal opposition against Insatiable quickly followed the trailer's debut on Thursday, with the requisite Change.org petition calling for Netflix to cancel the series before its August 10 debut reaching more than 11,000 signatures. Despite Milano and Gussis' claims, the petition states that Insatiable "will cause eating disorders, and perpetuate the further objectification of women's bodies."
Netflix has yet to comment on the petition or the response from those on Twitter.
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San Diego Comic-Con has all the trailers, news and merch that a fan of pop culture could ever love, but everyone knows the highlight of the biggest entertainment convention in the universe is the plethora of cosplay. You can't walk three feet without bumping into a few amateur Jon Snows or Deadpools, and it's awesome.
It's also a place to bump into celebrities as they're there to take in the fun and promote their shows and movies. True story: I rode in an elevator with Dennis Miller there once! (Not impressed?)
But sometimes both of those worlds collide in the best way, and celebrities show up in cosplay because they're fans themselves. This year, the highlight has to be Torchwood's John Barrowman dressing up in a glitzy Captain America outfit, but celebs have been going to the con in their favorite costumes for years. Take a look at the gallery we've collected below and see for yourself.
Hold on to your butts, Trekkies. We have our first look at Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery and there's a familiar face dropping by.
The new teaser, which dropped Friday at Comic-Con, features the anticipated arrival of (a very dashing) Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount ) as he takes control of the USS Discovery to face an imminent threat -- mysterious red orbs that are linked to Spock. YES, Spock!
The preview also gave a first look at Tig Notaro as Denise Reno, Chief Engineer of the Federation ship Hiawatha. See them in action in the preview above, and in the thrilling new photos below.
Discovery's new showrunner Alex Kurtzman also revealed that ahead of the new season, CBS All Access will release four 10 to 15-minute stand-alone episodes titled Star Trek: Short Treks. These mini-episodes, which arrive in monthly installments this fall, will explore the backstories of side characters like the infamous smuggler Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), who double-crossed Lorca (Jason Isaacs) and Tyler (Shazad Latif) back in Season 1. Wilson will direct the Mudd-centric episode in addition to reprising the role.
Additional episodes include one focused on Underground's Aldis Hodge as Craft, a man stranded aboard a deserted ship, a deeper exploration of Saru's (Doug Jones) backstory as Starfleet's first Kelpian and Tilly's (Mary Wiseman) unlikely friendship aboard the U.S.S. Discovery.
Star Trek: Discovery will return for Season 2 in 2019 on CBS All Access.
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