A reporter asked some Orange is the New Black cast members some sexist questions. Big mistake

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Saturday 20 June 2015 17:00

If you're going to ask some actors sexist questions, don't direct them at the stars of Orange Is The New Black, a show famous for its refreshing portrayal of women, race, class - well, you name it.

Unfortunately, one Brazilian reporter did just that in a press junket with Uzo Aduba (Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren), Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols) and Samira Wiley (Poussey Washington). And boy did they cut him down to size.

When Aduba began to explain that there are several male characters in OITNB, Cortez interrupted her to say, "I'm talking about guys, men, rawr! Wanna see my muscles?"

Aduba cut him down with a curt, "No."

Cortez dug an even deeper hole for himself when he sat down with Lyonne and Wiley and asked them whether it was difficult to be pretty and have to act at the same time because of all the cat fights the women must have on set. Obviously.

Wiley told him he was talking about stereotypes rather than real women, whereas Lyonne just mocked him, reassuring the hapless interviewer that "Despite the great beauty on set everyone is professional and talented".

It's possible Cortez is trying to be funny. If so, someone needs to tell him his jokes don't translate from Portuguese.

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