What People Who Don’t Like ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Say About It

    August 20, 2013
    Chris Crum

If you’re searching for Orange is the New Black reviews online, chances are you’re seeing mostly positive ones. Critics have been very kind to the show, and in my personal view, that’s with good reason. It’s really good.

Obviously, not everyone agrees.

If you want to get an idea of what Netflix subscribers think, where better to look for reviews than on Netflix itself? Netflix is happy to provide reviews – positive and negative – right from its Orange is the New Black webpage. Currently, there are over 3,000 of them for the show. Many of them are five-stars or otherwise positive, but the negatives aren’t too hard to find. I didn’t go through all 309 pages of reviews, but from what I can tell, the reviews still seem mostly positive.

So what do people who actually don’t like this show say about it? Here are a few samples from user reviews:

The acting is good, the story is even interesting. The problem, this show portrays Christians as dumb or white trash. I watched every episode wondering if there would be one single positive thing said or acted about Christianity. This show, and the production of it in general, is so liberal left that straight men are generally portrayed in a negative image as well, with maybe one exception. How nice of them. If you are gay or far left in your viewpoint, this show will get 5 stars. If you are conservative and lean towards the right…don’t waste your time. The elite (in their minds) left have made it a point to insult your belief throughout the series.

All I know about this stupid film? series? Is that it comes up for ALMOST EVERY SEARCH I DO ON NETFLIX and is constantly on the front page. For this reason alone, I will never, ever watch it. I don’t like having content shoved down my throat. Seriously, the searches I’m doing HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SHOW, KEYWORDS, TITLE, ETC I know that much. So, no.

X_x SO MUCH NUDITY. I feel raped. I shut it off in the first two minutes because of how much nudity I was shown.

This show commodifies lesbianism in the worst, most misogynistic ways– by using it as an “edgy” selling point to tip the show from drama to soap opera. It’s full of hackneyed tropes: until I leave all girls school lesbian (Lorna), fat butch lesbian (Big Boo), desirable waifish femme lesbian (Mercy, Lorna), couture European lesbian (Alex), the Stud (Nicky, Big Boo), and of course, Piper the hasbian who I guess just can’t be a bisexual because she fell in monogamous love with a man. (Even though who she’s with has NOTHING to do with whether she’s bisexual, but there’s the myth of the “hasbian” for you). As with the characters of color, these demographic tropes play a huge role in presumed pre-developed characters that settle into the issued stereotypes like a foundation, rather than defying them. Piper’s “former gayness” authenticates queerness for the straight population in the same way her whiteness does w/regard to POC criminalization. Piper is less of an “other” in mainstream America’s eyes & the show admits it, but then plays on it. The show commodifies POCs and queers and, it commodifies them in the SAME way, with the voyeuristic titillating spectacle of “lesbian sex” and hype of “black and latino violence”. With less packaging, you could see the same thing on “bum fights” or “girls gone wild”, both filmed and perpetuated for the entertainment of privileged, ignorant, straight white men. The show doesn’t really even attempt a simple role reversal where racial minorities are represented as queer and the white inmates are represented as violent– it’d still be a token effort, but nope, not even that. I watched this series trying to reconcile it, trying to decide whether I liked it or not because hey, a queer, woman and POC dominated cast, but in the end I realize that it’s *about* us, not *for* us. ~Bridget

While the acting was excellent, and the storyline almost anticipated by this viewer, I found that the foul language was way overdone.

This show is vile and disgusting. If you have children for the love of God do not let them watch this show. Its sad to think that this is the best that Netflix can come up with when you think about how boring and stupid their other show was about that ex gangster in the Norway or whatever. Hey Netflix, here is an idea… instead of trying to make your own crappy shows, why don’t you try and stay updated with new shows and movies that come out and make your money that way? People would be much happier and you wouldn’t waste all your money on washed up actors that no one will ever look past american pie or that 70’s show to see on film.

This whole show is unbearable, I wanted to give the Netflix Original Series a chance, but all the characters were fake and exaggerated. I love Weeds, Arrested Development, and so many other shows that have a similar sense of humor, but this is poorly done.

Managed to watch the first 5 episodes. Realized I didn’t really care what happened to any of the characters and reached a level of boredom that it became a chore to watch. Expected something better from Netflix.

I love how many people gave this such high reviews when the whole series was so full of cliche and make believe. I mean the drug pushing jailor with a mustache….really? It wasn’t so bad up until the end. Here’s hoping there is another season, otherwise, we’ll all be really lost as to what happened. I also love how completely racist this show is, which isn’t mentioned much either.

This show is an abhorrent example of religious bigotry. As a person who has christian friends and family, I find the mischaracterizations portrayed in this show deeply offensive. Netflix should be ashamed of producing a show with so many false and degrading negative stereotypes. In the show 1 of the primary antagonists is a “devout” christian. Throughout the series she is the sounding board for the protagonists anti christian rants. Christians are portrayed as stupid, unthinking drones, who support the murderer of an abortion clinic employee in a cultist fashion. The person who wrote this utter crap has obviously never looked at people of faith in any sort of positive light, and has no objectivity to even begin to effectively portray a christian.

This could have been a great show, I enjoyed it for a little while but due to extremely graphic gay sex I had to stop. Too bad too because they had a good cast and a good concept but the story got boring pretty fast and the show got a little too disgusting and vulgar.

Season 2 is currently in production as Netflix renewed it even before it debuted.


Chris Crum
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