Orange is the New Black’s new teaser takes aim at lack of Hollywood diversity (VIDEO)
Orange is the New Black made use of its new season four teaser to mock the diversity crisis overshadowing Hollywood.
The brief clip shows the Litchfield inmates watching an awards show on television, marking the “Hollywood types”.
“Even when white folks try to be excited, they still boring!” jokes Taystee – with Cindy adding “Yeah, I was asleep”.
Taystee’s slur comes at a time when Hollywood is under increasing pressure, following the recent Oscars boycott.
A host of stars did not attend the ceremony due to a lack of diversity of this year’s nominees.
By contrast, OITNB is seen as one of the most culturally diverse shows on our computer screens, winning praise from critics and fans alike.
LGBT media pressure group GLAAD recently praised the show, as it announced it will no longer publish an annual report monitoring the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT representation on TV.
GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis warned that the film industry was in danger of being left behind – by failing to mirror the progress made by ground-breaking TV shows such as OITNB and Transparent.
The show has won fans for its realistic portrayal of women, its exploration of trans issues and its abundance of same-sex relationships – especially that of lead characters Piper and Alex.
Fans of the couple will also be relieved to see Alex back in the clip – after her cliffhanger scare at the end of season three.
Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the drug-trafficker cowering a SWAT team (19 seconds in on the right).
Elsewhere, scenes of riot police arriving at the prison ruin the chilled-out mood, promising plenty of drama in upcoming episodes.
Laverne Cox’s Sophia is seen in solitary confinement, as Poussey and Black Cindy chest-bump and dance routines are performed in the kitchen.
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The show recently won a host of SAG awards – with Uzo Abuda picking up her second award for Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren.
The show’s entire cast also picked up the Best Ensemble award – with an extensive 35 cast members name-checked, including Ruby Rose, and Lea DeLaria.
The show’s fourth season is set to air on June 17.
Watch the trailer below: