Orange Is The New Black has received criticism for being yet another story that revolves around a white woman.
Recently, in an NPR interview, Jenji Kohan — the creator of OITNB and Weeds — said that the character of Piper Chapman was her "Trojan horse" that allowed the other characters' story lines to be told.
A white, blonde character, Jenji Kohan said, was necessary to have as the focal point. She stated that the story was not marketable to production companies if it revolved solely around women of color. Instead, she needed to put a well-off, super-white, very familiar face in the show. And so Piper Chapman, whether we like it or not, became the doorway to other, undoubtedly more interesting characters.