Morello’s Lack of Morals
She runs a mail scam. She orders clothing and claims to have never received it in order to get her money back. She goes on one date with a man and claims to be engaged to him. She tells all of her friends about her man. In reality, she has been stalking him for years. He moves several times. He changes his phone number. He changes his e-mail addresses. But she continues to find him. He files a restraining order against her. She still continues to stalk him. She threatens him. When he starts dating a woman, she strangles her. She tries to murder them both with a home-made explosive that she puts underneath their car. Now, she’s been sent to prison for her crimes. Once incarcerated for attempted murder, she escapes from prison briefly and enters the man’s home and puts on his then girlfriend, now fiancé’s bridal veil and takes a bath. Why? Who knows. What we do know, is that you love her.
Lorna Morello is one of the most beloved characters on Netflix’s original series, Orange is the New Black. She has a cute accent and nice hair. She sports red lipsticks and has a fluffy and easy going personality. And as you read the horrible things this character’s done in her past, you’re presented with her little smile and broken hearted face through the pictures. The shows makes it easy to love her. You love her first and then you find out about her crimes. This doesn’t deter you from loving her any more. Because you love her, her story is now presented as “heartbreaking.”
So why is it that the story is described as “heartbreaking”? How is it that we can so easily sympathize with someone who has done such heinous things? The article even uses the words “insane” and “nuts”. It’s because we feel like we know her. We’ve humanized her. We’ve fallen in love with her personality and we know her positive attributes. The article even starts with a little praise, calling her the “sweetest inmate at Litchfield” (Litchfield being the women’s prison). Can we not then say that we might sympathize and love any woman who’s been incarcerated if we knew her glowing positive attributes?
What is it about a fictional character that allows our walls to be brought down and feel for them? Why is it that we can’t have the same sympathy for our real life peers?