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Fat-shaming backlash and a teen's crush endears

Insatiable, about a once-overweight teen, has sparked a petition against it being aired; while To All The Boys I've Loved Before, about secret crushes being exposed, has become a critical hit

Lara Jean's (Lana Condor) love letters to her crushes, which she never intended to send, are suddenly delivered to them in To All The Boys I've Loved Before.
Lara Jean's (Lana Condor) love letters to her crushes, which she never intended to send, are suddenly delivered to them in To All The Boys I've Loved Before.PHOTOS: NETFLIX
Patty (Debby Ryan) and her pageant coach Bob (Dallas Roberts) in Insatiable.
Patty (Debby Ryan) and her pageant coach Bob (Dallas Roberts) in Insatiable.

Netflix has two new comedies about high-school girls that are eliciting wildly different reactions.

Insatiable - a provocative satire about a once-overweight teenager taking revenge on her former tormentors - sparked a petition accusing it of "fat-shaming" and demanding it not be aired.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 23, 2018, with the headline 'Fat-shaming backlash and a teen's crush endears'. Subscribe