Monday, August 5, 2013

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K holed into "Orange is the New Black" for the past few days. The new Netflix series is based on an actual memoir of one relatively privileged, white woman's year in jail. I have to admit after the first few episodes, I struggled with aspects of the main character's personality. Probably because the protagonist is basically the quintessential "WASP" and parts of her attitude just kind of annoyed me. However, once you let the episodes ride, you begin to get sucked into this world that seems like a pretty damn believable reflection of the complexities, corruption, and dehumanization that plagues the actual prison system. The episodes are weaved with present jail situations and flashbacks into the various inmates' pasts and how they came to be where they are. I like the cast of characters because not only are they diverse they are believable humans that do not always subscribe to the obvious character, gender, or occupational stereotypes. The drama that unfolds in her life inside and outside of jail slowly begins to unmask this unpredictable beast that exists in all of us when the chips are way the fuck down. Like prison down. Basically, prison ( and life) has a special way of breaking your spirit, losing your sense of integrity, and above all, losing your mind. Who we are as people when we feel empty and alone is the quickest way to find out what exists at our core. With the popularity of this new show, opportunities to continually address criminal justice reform and our shameful justice system, have already started to make their own waves. 




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The following link is for a comprehensive article researching the differences between the memoir and the show. Super interesting if either the current state of our prison system and or truth vs fiction interests you.

http://www.autostraddle.com/how-real-is-orange-is-the-new-black-comparing-the-show-to-the-memoir-to-the-numbers-186059/

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