June is an exciting time for fans of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, and with excitement building for the show’s June 12 premiere, the cast is hot on the press trail. Magazine interviews and covers are all a part of the game. But the separation of the cast by race on two magazine covers has a few fans scratching their heads. To date (and please correct us if we’re wrong) there hasn’t been one magazine cover featuring the diverse cast in its entirety.
— liza (@blogdiva) June 6, 2015
On one hand, we know Essence is a magazine that caters to an audience of primarily black women. Rolling Stone, however typically has a wider audience but seems to cater its content to white males ages 18–34. Now to be fair, cast member Dascha Polanco is featured on the June cover of Latina magazine.
This is interesting because a focal theme of OINTB is how the prisoners divide themselves up by race, and operate within those segregated subcultures. So this is a case of life imitating art (which was imitating real prison life…)
Are the separate magazine covers concerning to you? Why or why not?