Now that orange has become the new black, black-and-white stripes have become the new orange — after a Michigan sheriff gave his inmates a wardrobe change to keep them from looking “cool.”
The once all-orange jumpsuits at Saginaw County Jail in Michigan took on a different meaning amid hype surrounding the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel said.
So, Saginaw County went back to basics — the horizontal stripes reminiscent of 19th-century prison garb. Federspiel told Reuters the decision was spurred by a juror who recently wore all orange during a trial.
“When the lines get blurred between the culture outside the jail and the culture within the jail, I have to do something to redefine those boundaries because they’ve been blurred far too often in public culture,” he told MLive.com, referring to clothing that depicts prison culture, including some that are stamped with “Property of the Saginaw County Jail.” “I’ve seen that,” he added. “It’s like ‘What are you doing? Really?’”
Federspiel said he doesn’t expect the uniform change to be complete until the end of the year, though some inmates are already voicing opposition.
“For me, it was an easy decision,” he told Reuters. “It was a cost savings and it breaks away from that cultural coolness. It’s not cool to be an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail.”
I dunno if you will find this funny, but this is hysterical to me.
It’s a fucking TV show bro. Calm down. I had no idea they even got Netflix in prison. Do they even?? I guess they have to right? I dunno, it sounds to me like the Michigan Sheriff is the one watching too much Netflix here.
TV shows and film have glorified and depicted jail in a positive light since Shawshank Redemption. Jail always looks fun as shit in movies. Just a bunch of famous actors fucking around, cracking jokes and overcoming some obstacle while making lifelong friends and shit. The Longest Yard literally made me want to drop out of school and go play ball with Terry Crews, Nelly and Adam Sandler.
Seriously though, the movies and shows are all fun and games, but that doesn’t actually make jail cool. I don’t know why this Sheriff is trippin. There are a ton of reasons, fair and unfair, why people are locked up in this country. But because Orange is the New Black is not one of them. Nobody in their right mind would think its cool to go to jail because of that TV show. And if you do, you are probably a motherfucker I don’t want in my society anyway.
The Industrial Prison Complex is one of the worst things that ever happened to our country. Top 3 worst things. Fueled by racism, it has literally ruined our society and culture in many parts of the United States. The second they privatized prisons, is when they started a chain reaction of problems in our country we can now never fix.
Worry about the Industrial Prison Complex, not the fucking color of the clothes because of Netflix.
PS - And yo, if you are watching Orange is the New Black and thinking that shit is cool, I would suggest you go back and watch the old episodes of Oz on HBO. See how cool that shit is.