This Orange Is The New Black Prison Restaurant Is Not Okay

Photo: Ali Goldstein/Netflix.
We can't wait for the upcoming season of Orange Is The New Black. And normally while we love any good food-and-pop-culture combo (looking at you, Saved by The Bell Diner), we’re not so excited about the latest TV show-inspired restaurant.

To promote the new season of OITNB, a diner in Singapore is serving "prison" food. For two days, The OverEasy Diner will be turned into Litchfield Penitentiary Cafeteria, serving up food meant to resemble the kind of fare served up to our favorite inmates on the show.

Where to even begin? First off, the idea of pretending like you’re in prison is offensive, especially when considering the state of the United States prison system. Many female prisoners in this country are unfairly caught up in the system due to domestic violence, poverty, and unfair sentencing laws (a fact that OITNB highlights well).

Not only that, but guests are being served nutraloaf, a food that has been accused of being cruel and unusual punishment. Of course, this nutraloaf is nothing like the version served in real prisons, The chef told Mashable that it was made of mushrooms, cheddar, quinoa, pumpkin, and nori. So basically a fancier take on meatloaf.

In past seasons, Netflix promoted the show using food in other ways, such as the Crazy Eye’s Pies foodtruck, a throwback to the famous “I threw my pie for you” line. It's disappointing to see this most recent marketing stunt seemingly making light of prisoner’s lived experiences.
Advertisement

More from Food & Drinks

Twitter has gone wild after a teen posted a bread-based personality test. The teen, 18-year-old Floridian Kelly Blaus, posted a meme that matched bread ...
'Tis the season for pumpkin spice and everything nice — am I right? We thought there was no better way to celebrate than with a doughnut
Coffee has seen us through a lot of tough times. Those all-nighters in college, work deadlines, and hangovers from hell — we couldn't have made it to the...
This no-bake confetti fudge takes minutes to put together and will satisfy any sweet tooth
So, our days high-fiving after sinking a ping pong ball in a red Solo cup are long over, but we hope we’re never too mature for imbibing with friends and...
Leaving your pet in the care of someone else is always a nerve-wracking situation, but if you leave them with Chase Stout, rest assured they're in safe ...
Do NOT come between the internet and its love for fall-inspired pumpkin treats, or everyone will go nuts. Grub Street reports that after some ...
(Paid Content) Scrambled eggs for breakfast? Yawn. Standard-issue pancakes? Predictable. To effectively get us out of bed in the a.m., we prefer a morning ...
In addition to your typical candy staples, you may want to stock up on the newest flavor of Doritos this Halloween. During the month of October in Japan...
Big-batch punches are sophisticated, fun, and most importantly, easy for group gatherings (especially when spiked with your favorite alcohol). There also ...
If you've been waiting patiently for almond milk to arrive at your local Starbucks, the dairy alternative is finally here. Beginning tomorrow, September ...
Oh, Target. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Amazing designer collaborations, affordable and adorable home buys, deals and steals on great ...
The fall food scene tends to be dominated by pumpkin spice and apple-picking. But let's not forget Halloween — a holiday that, at its caramel-apple core, ...
When ex-teen Rachel Gelmis was drug tested, she knew she was clean. But the test thought differently. Her results were, like, insanely positive for a lot ...