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Michigan Sheriff Bans Orange Jumpsuits After ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Made Them ‘Cool’

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The Netflix show ‘Orange Is the New Black’ has become one of television’s surprise successes and is widely critically acclaimed for breaking boundaries of traditional entertainment.

But one sheriff in Michigan isn’t too happy about the show’s popularity.

In a report by Michigan-based website, MLive, the site writes about Sheriff William Federspiel, who is the sheriff for Saginaw County. Federspiel has purchased black-and-white jumpsuits for the Saginaw County Jail because he believes ‘Orange Is the New Black’ made orange jumpsuits look “cool.”

“It’s because as you see shows on television, like ‘Orange Is The New Black,’ some people think it’s cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail with wearing all-orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public,” Federspiel says. “It’s a concern because we do have our inmates out sometimes doing work in the public, and I don’t want anyone to confuse them or have them walk away.”

“We decided that the black-and-white stripes would be the best way to go because it signifies ‘jail inmate,’ and I don’t see people out there wanting to wear black-and-white stripes,” he continues.

The sheriff believes that decisions like this one has to reflect upon what happens in popular culture.

“When the lines get blurred between the culture outside the jail and the culture within the jail,” he says, “I have to do something to redefine those boundaries, because they’ve been blurred far too often in public culture.”

‘Orange Is the New Black’ is currently shooting Season 3 in New York City for a release next summer. We’re going to go on a limb and say that Sheriff Federspiel won’t be adding it to his Netflix Instant Queue.

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