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Opinion: “Social Commentary” is not a shield for shitty writing.

Spoilers for Orange is the new Black Season 4.

Social Commentary may be one of the oldest ideas creators have tried to use their stories to express to their audiences. Star Trek is a perfect example of a TV Show explicitly created to be a platform for the writers to do this very thing, using the setting to deal withthe problems of the time such as, but not limited to, the cold war, racism and abuse of power.

I say this because, despite what some people may want to say, stories are rarely “just stories”. More often than not, stories are a way for the writer to express their ideals and beliefs, to try to send a message across. Trying to contextualize a problematic in a way that the audience is able to learn and understand may be one of the hardest things for a writer to do.

Sometimes, the writers just pulls-in whatever is trending and try to pass it as a respectful depiction of a sensible topic.

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