Last Friday at 5pm, Orange Is The New Black came back into our lives.
For many, the next two days involved bingeing the entire season. (No judgement here peeps, in fact, only respect and, from some, a little bit of jealousy.)
And then, an emotional rollercoaster like no other.
You saw Piper announce that she was Gangsta with an ‘A’. You watched a race war break out. You watched a man being hacked to pieces. You watched a couple fall in love. And you watched one of our favourite characters die in an horrendous evocation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sorry, you may only be up to episode 2. If that’s the case, better look away now.
Super OITNB fan Meri talks to Rosie and Laura about OITNB:
The thing that makes OITNB a show unlike any other is that it takes the stereotypes you see everywhere else on television and spits at them.
Women don’t look one way, or feel one way. Everyone has a back story that explains, but doesn’t excuse, how they ended up in Litchfield. Even the guards.
No-one is 100 per cent ‘good’. No-one is 100 per cent ‘bad’.
Race isn’t something that’s whispered about, or ignored.
Trans people aren’t freakshows, bisexuality isn’t a fetish.
Flashback to that time there were no uniforms at Litchfield. (Post continues after gallery.)
Laura Brodnik has a theory that, for a mainly white-middle-class audience, OITNB‘s supposed lead character of Piper is a trojan horse – the person who’s initial fish-out-of-water storyline transported us into a world where we recognise nothing and are afraid of everyone.
And then it began to unfold, and as Piper found her feet, so she became increasingly irrelevant. The people around her are much more interesting.
People like Tasty. Like Sophia. Like Poussey. Let’s not talk about Poussey, Rosie Waterland will start crying.
HUGE SPOILER ahead,people.
Poussey (played by Samira Wiley) is one of OITNB‘s most beloved characters. Always pushing for peace when there’s war, always looking to be loved, always making you laugh.