Orange is the New Black is the most successful show in Netflix’s history and The Handmaid’s Tale is the most successful in Hulu’s. And now Wonder Woman is being hailed as the movie that has “saved” the DC franchise. It’s almost like people are actually interested in seeing more of women’s stories on screen instead of the same tired shows centered around flawed male heroes that the mainstream machine has churned out a million times before.
Piscatella’s backstory in Orange is The New Black wasn’t included to make you sympathize with him. It was a reference to a real life event. On June 23, 2012, four correction officers locked black prisoner Darren Rainey in a shower and raised the temperature to 180 degrees. He kicked the door and begged to be let out, and they laughed and asked if it was warm enough. They left him in there for two hours. When he was pulled out, his internal body temperature was too hot to register with a thermometer. His skin was peeling off. Burns covered 90% of his body. Despite all of this, the official statement was that cause of death was “undetermined” and on March 17, 2017 it was announced that the four COs involved will not face any charges.
His name was Darren Rainey. Say his name. Remember his name.