Martha Stewart is an expert on all things domestic, but she can also tell you a thing or two about life in prison.
The 74-year-old Jersey City-born businesswoman, who spent five months in the slammer in 2004 for fraud and insider-trading charges, recently dissed the authenticity of Orange Is the New Black based on her own experience.
“It’s not as good as the real thing,” Martha told Livingston-born comedian Chelsea Handler on her new Netflix talk show Chelsea. “When you live through something like Orange Is the New Black, the real characters are better.”
As the fourth season of the hit comedy/drama series became available for streaming last week, the SAG Award-winning cast fired back at the domestic diva.
“I would say to [Stewart] that our show is the real thing and changing the fabric of our culture,” Kate Mulgrew, who plays the character Red, said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “Our show takes real issues, like rape and discrimination, and raises them to bigger questions. Our show forces us all to go deeper, because only then will things change. Our show represents the truth.”
Uzo Aduba, who has been honored with two Emmy awards for her portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on OITNB, cautioned Martha to avoid making such judgmental remarks.
“I’d tell her I’ve never been to a real prison, so it would be foolish for me to say something is not as good as another thing without having seen it,” remarked Aduba. “And I think the opposite is quite the same. I hope she would watch the show and give it a chance.”
“The show is a genuine and honest and a real representation of women,” added actress Taylor Schilling. “It’s about women embracing themselves and even their flaws. It’s a breath of fresh air to see women portrayed so authentically on screen. I’m so proud what the show stands for and she should watch and find out.”
We think Martha should host an impeccably planned viewing party at her home with the OITNB cast so they can really sort this out!