Veterans’ groups in the US are not impressed with the latest season of Orange Is The New Black.
The fourth season of the show debuted on Netflix in June, and a major storyline involves military veterans being hired as prison guards.
The veterans are portrayed as villains, and are often shown disrespecting the prisoners. In one scene a guard talks about the innocent people he killed in Afghanistan, while in another scene they encourage two of the prisoners to fight each other.
Veterans' groups have now spoken out about the negative portrayl, with The Veterans of Foreign Wars calling the show “offensive” and Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America adding that the portrayal will further stigmatise veterans.
27-year-old air force veteran Tahlia Burton explained her perspective in a post for Task & Purpose.
“Orange is the New Black had the opportunity to portray veterans in a way that shed light on an identity that’s widely misunderstood,” she wrote. “But instead, the show fed into the very worst stereotypes that we’ve been working so hard to overcome.”
VFW national commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr. called for an apology from the show’s producers and writers.