It’s about halfway through the fifth season of “Orange Is the New Black
” when Elizabeth Rodriguez
’s recently un-incarcerated, always opinionated Aleida sums up the plight of female-forward broadcast television writers everywhere with one simple, well-crafted exchange.
“Can I say ‘bitches?’” she asks a local newscaster and then, when she gets the green light, immediately and involuntarily exclaims, “s—.” The journalist, played by Thea McCartan
, responds she can’t say that, to which Aleida replies, “What kind of f—ing bulls— rule is that?”
Although the writers may have simply been trying to show that Aleida was not as media savvy as she was street smart in this episode, which was written by co-exec producer Lauren Morelli
, “in a lot of ways, we’re all like Aleida,” says writer-producer Carolina Paiz
After years of working on broadcast TV, Paiz understands Aleida’s frustrations. On network shows, she notes, “We’re constantly censoring or told to self-censor