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"Orange Is the New Black" Stars Apologize to Monica Lewinsky

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:19:52 +0000

Jill Greenberg for Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Monica Lewinsky said she's no longer watching Orange Is the New Black, after a scene in the show's first season in which Natasha Lyonne's character says her name and references the infamous stain former President Bill Clinton left on her blue dress back in 1998. Now, the stars of Netflix's hit show are apologizing.

Lewinsky wrote in a Vanity Fair blog post how she turned off the show after realizing her name was referenced.

"I did what I usually do in these situations where the culture throws me a shard of my former self. After the cringing embarrassment, the whiff of shame, and the sense that I am no longer an agent running my own life, I shuddered, I got up off the sofa, and I turned it off," she wrote last Thursday.

Lyonne, who plays Nicky Nichols on OITNB, sent a message to Lewinsky via E! News: "Hey, Lewinsky, we love you. Take it easy."

Taylor Schilling, who stars as Piper Chapman on the series, initially tried to make light of the situation, before offering a sincere apology.

"Isn't that like the greatest form of flattery when you become...no, you don't buy that! And maybe I don't even buy that either," she said with a smile. "I apologize to Monica Lewinsky, for the show -- honestly. If you were offended. Nobody wants to offend anyone."

Kate Mulgrew, who portrays Big Red, said she understands how Lewinsky could have taken offense to the scene, which appears in episode 11 of the first season.

"I think if you've been subject to everything that she's been subjected to, you'd be sensitive about that, too," Mulgrew said.

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