Poussey fans rejoice! Netflix is honoring the fan-favorite Orange Is the New Black character Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) with portraits bearing the slogan “Stand Up” in cities across the U.S.
Spoiler Alert! After the shocking death Poussey a the hands of a White corrections officer in the fourth season of the prison dramedy, Netflix put out a call to artist-fans of the show around the world to create portraits in honor of the beloved Wiley-portrayed character.
The murals will be popping up in eight cities around the world — New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco — ahead of the series’ fifth season premiere this summer on June 9.
All portraits bear the #OITNB hashtag and slogan, “Stand Up,” with Netflix being the latest company to enlist hand-painted billboards to honor victims of street violence.
Detroit-based artist Michelle Tanguay spoke with the Associated Press regarding her hand-painted portrait, “I want to do the character justice and do the show justice because I think they have so many strong messages that are really relevant today. To see an African-American woman on the wall in Detroit, blown up huge, with the words ‘Stand Up’ — it’s just so empowering and that’s what I wanted everyone to feel when they see the mural.”
Wiley, now starring in Hulu’s upcoming adapted series The Handmaid’s Tale, also spoke with AP noting her pride, “I think it’s our responsibility as artists to be able to reflect the time that we’re living in. [Poussey’s] a fictional character that can elicit real change in thought and action from people.”
The upcoming fifth season of Orange Is The New Black will take place over the course of three days and will document the fallout of Poussey’s death, which sparked an all-out prison riot in the fourth season finale.
This is a dope way to honor the beloved character and highlight the effects of street violence, whether within the prison system or outside! I look forward to seeing them around Los Angeles, in particular!