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3 Reasons Why Orange is the New Black Is More Disturbing Than Funny

Is the Netflix show just cheesy and offensive or an unfiltered message for society?

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Becky Graebner

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September 12, 2013 - 9:00 am
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Check out the previous installments of Becky Graebner’s ongoing series exploring Netflix’s Orange is the New Black:

July 24: Orange Is the New Black: Can a Women-in-Prison Sitcom Succeed?

July 31: 4 Dumb TV Cliches I Hope Orange Is the New BlackAvoids

August 7: Piper Chapman: Dislike-able Protagonist AND Future Heroine?

August 14: Orange is The New Black Creator Doesn’t Seem To Be a Big Fan of Men…

August 21: Prisons Run on Hope (And Cup O’Noodles)

August 28: Love Wars: When the Loser Strikes Back

September 4: 7 Predictions for Season 2 of “Orange is the New Black”

Spoiler Warning….

Many of my friends, as well as you readers, are well aware of my hot and cold relationship with this series.  Whenever I try and explain my take on Orange, my description usually goes something like this: “The show can be funny, it has great one-liners, but there is something about it that I find almost disturbing—it holds me back from saying that I definitively “like it.”’

Several friends decided to watch the show after I mentioned my conflicted feelings and, sometimes, difficulties I had formulating pieces for this series.  Many came back saying they thought the show was funny—what was my deal?

I decided I wanted to flesh out my negative reaction to this show—why does it make me so uneasy?  What has caused many of you, Dear Readers, to write comments saying you also dislike the show?  Today I highlight three reasons that might explain why some of us find Orange is the New Black more disturbing than funny.

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