“Hey, it’s Hannah. Hannah Baker. That’s right. Don’t adjust your… whatever device you’re hearing this on. It’s me, live and in stereo. No return engagements. No encore, and this time, absolutely no requests. Get a snack. Settle in. Because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to this tape…
you’re one of the reasons why.”
Hey guys! A few weeks ago I received an article in my email from One Million Moms. They shared the heart-breaking story of the 14 year-old girl who binge-watched a show called “13 Reasons Why,” and then committed suicide.
I wanted to talk about the topics covered in this series, because 13 Reasons Why is said to be the second most popular Netflix show upon airing. That’s a lot of people watching this damaging and dangerous show! Just thinking that it very well could’ve influenced a 14 year-old to kill herself is enough to raise alarm.
Let’s get into the post!
“13 Reasons Why is a series revolving around a high school student, Clay Jensen, and his friend Hannah Baker, a girl who takes her own life after suffering a series of demoralizing circumstances brought on by select individuals at her school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah before her suicide details thirteen reasons why she ended her life.
The series has received largely positive reviews from critics and audiences, who have praised its subject matter and casting, particularly the two leads, Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford. It has attracted controversy from some, including mental health professionals, over the series’ graphic depiction of issues such as suicide and rape, along with other mature content.”
What’s interesting to me is that even mainstream media is worried about 13 Reasons Why. That’s right! Several popular news outlets and public schools have spoken out against 13 Reasons Why and it’s damaging effects.
Targeted at teens, this show is full of darkness. Aside from suicide, 13 Reasons Why also covers harsh language, homosexuality, drug and alcohol use by high schoolers, rape, bullying and violence, and slander and hate from supposed friendships.
A few facts about 13 Reasons Why.
The series is said to romanticize suicide. It focuses solely on Hannah’s horrible life experiences, and basically becomes a revenge story with her self-imposed death.
After all, each person was one of the reasons why.
The show shows harmful images for people dealing with suicidal thoughts. In one scene, Hannah attempts to confide in a guidance counselor, but is shut down. That alone could influence kids to deal with their problems alone, no matter how big,
13 Reasons Why could influence kids to use suicide to teach someone a lesson, get out of a bad situation, or be free from pain.
A lengthy disturbing scene graphically shows Hannah’s suicide. In fact…
Anna Bright, the 14 year-old girl who committed suicide, killed herself the exact. Same. Way.
These dangers are very real.
If you agree that Netflix should pull the show to prevent further damage, here is a link to One Million Moms campaign where you can sign a petition to get rid of 13 Reasons Why.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens. Do you want this TV show to be one of the reasons why?