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.
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.”