Last week, Taryn Manning proved she’s nothing like the character she plays on Orange Is the New Black, Pennsatucky Doggett, after throwing a hissy fit online about the $199 Adrianna Papell mall dress she unknowingly wore to the SAG Awards. If Pennsatucky found out she was wearing a $199 mall dress, she might be like, “Fuckin’ yeah, fancy mah shit up.” But Taryn wasn’t nearly as thrilled and said she felt like she had been “used.” I got the message – Taryn doesn’t like it when you pull an affordable gown fast-one on her, case closed. But the case isn’t closed, and Taryn is still talking about the dress.
A few days ago, Taryn explained herself further on Instagram and asked for forgiveness in wanting to “feel important” because she grew up shopping in Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange. Taryn maintains that she feels like she was “exploited” in someone’s sneaky plan to put her in a $200 dress. She chose to accompany her explanation with a picture of herself and a friend in facial masks for some reason? My guess is that picture was her second choice. Because her first choice – her gown stuffed into a trash and lit on fire – just didn’t work with any of Instagram’s filters.
Listen, for so long I have tried to steer away from my stigma of being just some white trash unworthy lowlife but now that I have been bullied walking down the street and scoffed at for my reaction to TMZ, and their jab because let’s face it, clearly it’s not truly acceptable to wear a budget dress to an awards ceremony is it? We would not be here if so. I came from humble beginnings. I grew up in Tucson, AZ in the Esbrow apartments which were section 8 housing. My mother’s dream was to get a trailer home of our own in Vista Del Norte. That was her dream. Feel me? So she did it. She got it and I lived the most happy childhood, knew no different except 1 thing that made me so mad. My school shopping was thrift store shops like Goodwill, Salvation Army & thank heavens Buffalo Exchange opened its flagship in Tucson. As much as I always found good stuff in my eyes I never got to school shop like the other kids. Don’t act like you don’t understand wanting to fit in. When you judge me for something I wasn’t prepared to encounter that’s what you get from me. I know all about living life on a budget, worked my ass off to make this dream come true. I can’t stand this business for this reason. It’s not only just who I am it’s just what I do for a living. What I do for a living doesn’t define me, however not living as the artist I am is not living. I would rather die. I know what my passion is, the air I breathe, the dreams I have in my sleep and it’s to help people who have been made to feel like pure shit their whole lives, feel like they aren’t alone. If through movies, mistakes I’ve made or just seeing that I’ve messed up in life, you have messed up in life I want to show & tell you you’re forgiven. Regarding the award show and the 200 dress, all I ask is that I be in on it. If I was in on it & part of the plan to be exploited, everything would be so much more clear and w/ the designers best interest in mind. I owned a clothing line for 8 years with my best friend. Fashion is a grind so I have the utmost respect for my stylist and any designer who can sustain the madness of that industry. Forgive me for allowing myself to feel important. I did not do it right I know.
I know Taryn feels like she was the target of a shady stylist/designer scheme to get a little press for a department store brand, but I don’t know if the situation is that diabolical. But I am going to borrow from Taryn the next time I venture out of the mall and into a store that’s obviously beyond my means, and a salesperson gives me nervous eyes when I pick up an expensive shoe. “Listen lady, I wore knock-off Converse sneakers from Old Navy for two years in college, forgive me for wanting to feel fancy.”