ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK:
REDEFINING GENDER ROLES AND OVERCOMING
HOMOPHOBIA
Corey Washburn
6.1 Cast members of Orange is the New Black, “Can’t Fix Crazy.”
Orange is the New Black has quickly become Netflix’s most-
watched original series and has been nominated for several awards
including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest
Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance, and the
TCA Award for Program of the Year (IMDb). The series, which is
based on a memoir, revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor
Schilling), a woman living in New York City who has recently been
sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a federal
women’s prison (Kerman). Piper has been convicted of
transporting a suitcase full of drug money for her girlfriend, Alex
Vause (Laura Prepon), who is an international drug smuggler. The
offense occurred many years prior to the start of the series, and
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