The trending Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” is causing a lot of controversy. The show takes place 2 weeks after teen, Hannah Baker tragically commits suicide.
The storyline “Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate & crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.” -Imdb Website
Brian Yorkey created 13 Reasons Why, Selena Gomez was one of the major producers amongst many others producers that were involved in the show.
Even if it’s uncomfortable for you to hear, it has to be said… Suicide is a real thing, 121 take their lives everyday from it and 44,193 each year.
Parents and guardians are starting to believe that the Netflix series is depicting suicide as a glamorization and that it could be a tool used for ‘revenge’. It’s an understandable assumption, but it’s like judging a book by it’s cover based on what you’ve heard. When really, the Netflix series is bringing awareness to teens on how they could be affecting other people’s lives. The rising awareness for suicide (especially in teens) that this series has brought attention to the signs that may not be noticed and prevent further suicides. Along with that, the show could change people’s perspective on suicide in general because is does happen to people, so does bullying, sexual abuse, and sexual assault.
Not only can the show put the message out, but it can also be a visual example for those that are struggling and a ticket for them to get the help they need.
Even It’s “graphic,” it’s the reality of it. See with our society, a lot of people have gotten use to the sugarcoating of things or playing them up from the truth. Suicide, a person’s own choice to take their life is something real that shouldn’t be covered up. After all, people and media are usually the ones that cause this.
Teachers tend to be dismissive on stuff like this because they don’t feel like it’s there place to get involved with a student’s personal life, and they could be crossing a line that someone like a teacher shouldn’t cross. As for someone that is a ‘victim,’ it could be a lot to come forward about what’s going because they fear that they could be further judged, it could just make the already difficult situation worse, and that even after confessing what they’re going through, potentially nothing could change for them at all.
Here’s some things to think about
- You never know what someone’s going through, pieces and parts are put together and then from there people assume things and spread what they think amongst others.
- 13 reasons why shows you that even the littlest things can break someone and that little things can add up over time to become a bigger problem.
- It highlights the real issue on how what you say and do can effect others.
- It all boils down to how you treat others and that you may not be aware of what you’re doing to those around you.
- Ultimately you don’t know how they feel.
- Keep in mind that it is brutal and controversial, but it’s the truth.
- Everyone takes things differently and teen perspectives are very different from adult ones.
- In a wrong mindset, or time in life, this show could lead some down the wrong path.
- I want to inform you that this show does have many trigger warnings.
I hope you come to terms with the show’s message. 🙂
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