Somebody over at Empire News has a lot of time on their hands, not to mention a wicked and warped sense of humor.
The parody site put up a story that said the hit show Orange Is the New Black had been cancelled by Netflix. Needless to say, it led to fans losing their minds and a massive Twitter storm of shock and outrage, according to TheWrap via MSN Entertainment:
Many of those outraged were clearly doing so based solely on the headline article. Inside the body of the story on Empire News, which is a humor site like The Onion that creates fake news, it’s explained that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings cancelled the show because creator Jenji Kohan refused to put in more male leads.
According to the article, he got upset with how the show portrayed women, saying, “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 make this show with the leftovers.”
The article further claimed that not only was the streaming service cancelling the show after two seasons, but that it would be removing the first two seasons from its services as well.
You would think that such an outrageous claim obviously fake quote and story about an overwhelming popular show would not have freaked out so many people, but it did and it caused Netflix (via it’s official Twitter feed) and the show’s stars to respond.