season four or season no more of this rubbish.

*This post contains spoilers about season 4 of OITNB.*


Right: so I just finished watching season four of orange is the new black and I have a few thoughts; angry, heartbroken, furious thoughts.

First off I am going to mention and then walk away from the fact that a lot of the most recent season was centered around mentally ill inmates which is pretty great until you take into consideration that Suzanne's personal and romantic storylines were made into comedic elements, Sam Healy and his mother could have been good but just ended up being confusing and do not get me started on Lolly.  Her backstory made me cry but for the writers to then treat her like an amusing side plot and scapegoat, desperately clutching a potato.  Not exactly great representation of mental health storylines.."you can have them but we're going to make the characters into jokes"..thanks but no thanks.

I feel like Sophia's entire story was just swept under the rug to make way for about six episodes of nothing happening and as she is the only trans character on the show that's not exactly acceptable; Judy King made me want to cry with boredom- I kind of think I see the point the writers were trying to made but for it just didn't work; and the rape apologist scenes made me want to throw up.

And now onto the penultimate episode of season four...what the actual hell was that? I mean seriously.

There are dozens and dozens of characters in this show: some have been there from the beginning, some only just arrived this season; but there are dozens and dozens to choose from.  Out of these dozens there are five main black women and out of those five there are only two lesbians. So why oh why is one of the only coloured LGBT women in the entire show the character who is now dead?

The writers could have picked any character, any and yet the one they choose to kill off is the one with the least representation; Poussey Washington was half of the only representation on the show that queer WOC had (the other being a woman who has been viewed as comedic character in her attitude and attractions since the very beginning.)  It's not groundbreaking, shocking or entertaining.  It just hurts because the message you are sending is "you don't matter. you are disposable. we don't care about you as anything more than an audience statistic" and I cannot put into words how wrong and harmful this message is to queer black women who want to feel accepted and to believe they can live happily; because they can.

If the writers were really committed to Poussey being the one to die (I must ask why though) then for me personally, after the whole entire season of the various groups always being up in each others faces it would have made a little more sense if it had been another prisoner who did the deed and intended to do it; mainly because it wouldn't have allowed them to do what they did for the entire final episode and drag it all out to have it end in the middle of nowhere with all the women just stood in hallways.  But to have them focus on the guard for the entirety of the final episode and all the little bits and pieces that mirror real life events; real life deaths of black people, it just doesn't sit well or look good.  To make her death an accident after hundreds of queer women have died "accidentally" is not something we want to see anymore and especially not the death of a black person in prison when you can look back at events in the past year and see where the words 'accident' and 'self inflicted' have been painted over every other story.  We see this on the news; we don't want to see it in fiction as well.

Additionally, while I do understand the whole 'no spoilers' thing, a trigger warning is not a spoiler; it's potentially life saving and there were a lot of moments (more so than previous seasons) which definitely needed a trigger warning, or at least a blanket "watch with care" tweet from the writers before the show was released.

This show should be about women; the diverse women prisoners, and yet this season seemed to be more focused on the mostly straight, white, male guards.  I didn't set a calendar event to watch men with a power complex completely degrade, spit on and bully women.  

There will be a twitter tag going on tonight (23rd June)
the UK time is 9pm-Midnight and twitter account @blackLGBT has all the information; it would be brilliant if you could join us in tweeting.

If you have any thoughts about this season then please let me know in the comments!

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