Poussey Too Bomb: Orange Is The New Black Writer Divorces Husband; Dates Samira Wiley

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli (Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

I've had many conversations about the Poussey Effect, which is basically the voodoo that Samira do so well that puts even straight girls in a spell. I'm definitely in that camp. It's that mischievous smile, yo.


Apparently, OITNB head writer, Lauren Morelli divorced her husband after realizing she was a lesbian. She admitted that writing lead character, Piper's sexual arc with Alex caused her to realize how much she could relate. Art imitating life like a mug. And of course, the specialized bonding that working on set formulates led to a romance with Samira Wiley.

Look, Samira is gorgeous and she has that whole androgyny thing going for her. She's basically, the female version of Prince.


So, while this is quite the turn of events, I can't say I'm surprised. There's something about Poussey. Hell, I bet Samira and/or Poussey could steal your girl, your puppy and your Twix.

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"which is basically the voodoo that Samira do so well that puts even straight girls in a spell."

There's something about the tone of this post that is bothering me. Maybe it's because the writer talks about Samira being able to "steal your girl". That comes close to promoting a stereotype that gay folks are out here trying to "convert" str8 folks. And while I can't speak for all gay folks, I'm not aware of any large numbers of gay women trying to bed down str8 women. In fact the opposite is more true. That is the gay women I know tend to avoid inadvertently ending up with a str8 woman.

So, Samira doesn't have any lesbian voodoo powers. That woman just decided to act on feelings she was already having and Samira just happened to be there.