The Internet fell victim to some outlandish hoaxes this week. First, someone might've actually believed director Steven Speilberg killed a dinosaur for sport. Then, people freaked because they actually thought Netflix would cancel "Orange Is the New Black."
The rumor was started by Empire News, a website that makes it clear in a disclaimer that it is a "satirical and entertainment" site. On Friday, July 11, Empire News published the story "Netflix Pulls Plug On Orange Is The New Black; The Reason Why May Shock You." The piece claimed Netflix CEO Reed Hastings cancelled the series after disagreements with creator Jenji Kohan over the show's female characters.
“A woman’s place is in the home, in the kitchen, taking care of children.” Hastings was falsely quoted as saying. “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 story spread like wildfire on Twitter as people expressed anger over the cancellation and the remark attributed to Hastings, The Wrap noted.
Netflix and the show's cast members took to social media to dispel the gossip.
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 12, 2014
Orange Is The New Black has NOT been canceled. Whoever started this rumor will be spending some time in the SHU. pic.twitter.com/tslCdjBkht
— Orange Is the New... (@OITNB) July 12, 2014
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 13, 2014
@OITNB I will escort the responsible parties personally along with a few of my friends
— Michael Harney (@MichaelHarney4) July 12, 2014
"Orange Is the New Black," which is Netflix's most-watched original series, was renewed for Season 3 back in May. The show and its stars scored a number of top Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for actress Taylor Schilling.