Just recently, an article by satirical website, empirenews.net reported that Netflix had "permanantly cancelled" it's hit show: Orange is the New Black. However, the article is indeed fake.
The article entitled: "Netflix Pulls Plug On Orange Is The New Black; The Reason Why May Shock You" includes the above as well as the following "quote" from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings:
“We regret to inform Netflix members that Orange is the New Black has been permenantly cancelled. Also, starting September 1st, 2014, past episodes will no longer be available for streaming on Netflix."
Besides the fact that "permanently" was spelled wrong, the article claimed that there was a "falling out" between Hastings and the show's creator, Jenji Kohan. According to the article, Hastings suggested that there should be more male leads on the show. Kohan was supposedly against this as it would stray from the source material, the real-life memoir of Piper Kerman.
One clear clue that the article was fake was another "quote" from Hastings that read:
“A woman’s place is in the home, in the kitchen, taking care of children... A woman in jail? How does anyone even watch this show in the first place? It’s like we took everything bad about OZ, and made this show with the leftovers.”
Even in a world full of corrupt CEOs, I highly doubt that any CEO of a major company would be this flat-out misogynist. This quote almost reads like what an extreme feminist would claim the CEO said if the show was cancelled.
Besides, on the same page as this article, there are other links to articles like "Colorado Becomes First State to Legalize Crystal Meth" and "Woman Sues Pepper Spray Manufacturer After Can Found To Contain Silly String." Anybody who reads satirical news sources like The Onion or The Daily Currant would know that articles like these have a clear satirical tone, parodying both the hijinks of today's twisted world and the cliches of common news sources. However, many viewers didn't get the memo, and took this as a serious article.
The article has gotten over 300 comments since its publication yesterday, and many of the show's fans vented their misguided frustration. Such comments include:
F****** bull****!! Hastings, this is 2014 get ur head out of the 1950's f****** douchebag!!
If you want to make a profound point, I suggest canceling your Netflix subscriptions. Boycott the company until an apology to woman is made and the show is brought back. Its time for women to realize the power they hold. Together, we can accomplish anything.
Unbelievable.....I may just cancel my entire subscription to Netflix just because of the antiquated response of the Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. Real woman end up in real bad situations.
It's a shame that so many people are blind to the art of news satire. Hopefully there won't be a day where every news satire website has to put a half-page banner on their websites saying "THIS IS A FAKE ARTICLE." Even then I doubt that people won't take satirical articles seriously.
No need to worry fans of Orange is the New Black: the show goes on. For now though, feel free to have a laugh at this hoax article. To check out more articles from empirenews.net, click here. Seriously, it's one funny website.
Update: Cast member Kate Mulgrew (who plays Galina "Red" Reznikov on the show) has posted this on Facebook:
Everyone can stop writing me and breath easy. #OITNB HAS NOT been cancelled. It's renewed for a 3rd season which is currently in production. The website reporting the story is a hoax.
Update 2: Netflix has responded with the following on their twitter page:
Don't worry, dandelions! @OITNB is not cancelled. Follow season 3 production here: http://i.instagram.com/oitnb/
Also, the official Orange is the New Black twitter page has tweeted the following:
Orange Is The New Black has NOT been canceled. Whoever started this rumor will be spending some time in the SHU.