The Deadly Consequences of Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why”

“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!

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“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.”

-Wikipedia.

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?

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46 thoughts on “The Deadly Consequences of Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why”

  1. Whenever someone mentions that show, I always get a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach😂 I just visited the website! I really think parents need to strongly monitor what their kids are watching. There’s a lot of suggestive shows on tv nowadays! Thanks for raising the awareness😉

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  2. Wow, that is truly awful! Many authors and movie makers make books/movies seem fine, but really they have a much bigger impact on us then “just a movie” thanks for posting this Melanie!

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  3. I’m so glad you did a post about this, Melani! My mom and I heard about this a few weeks ago and it was so heartbreaking! Did you know Anna Bright also binge watched the entire show over one weekend? Thank you for raising the alarm! 💞

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    1. Oh, wow! I thought it was over a week period that she binge-watched the season. It’s so sad the affect it had on her!
      Thanks for commenting, Lizzy, and have a wonderful day!

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  4. I read this years ago when I was in high school, just picked it off the shelf because I liked the title (but had no idea what it was about). I hated it and was very worried when the Netflix series came out (I never watched it) because I have friends who aren’t as stable as they could be and was concerned about the effect it would have on them because it’s just the sort of thing they’d watch. Books like this and ‘Me Before You’ (by Jojo Moyes) should not be made into movies because they glorify suicide and making it out to be some sort of heroic act. Thanks for your post 🙂

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  5. I read about this story in a magazine. It really upset me to think how that little girl killed herself over that. These kinds of shows shouldn’t even be made and certainly shouldn’t be accessible to kids. Good post.

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  6. Oh dear. That’s simply horrible! I’m not a huge Netflix watcher, and I usually prefer Christian movies, so this doesn’t apply to me as much. I try not to let TV shows or movies influence me but I’m not perfect like the rest of the world! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love Christian movies! Grace Unplugged, Facing the Giants, Old-fashioned, Touched by Grace,and Saving Sarah Cain are some of my favorites. ❤ Have a great day!

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  7. This is the reason why I have never watched this show, and why I never will. The fact that it basically glorifies these horrid things just tells me that it’s not a franchise that I want to get myself involved in! Thanks for sharing this.

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  8. How sad that someone actually died because of the show! I already knew I wasn’t interested in the book, but also wasn’t interested enough to follow how bad the show was. Thank you for the links and the well-spoken post.

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  9. Thank you for speaking the truth once again.

    While I do believe that people have to take a conscious step, a choice to commit suicide, shows like this aren’t helping people to choose life. Thank you for this post. Keep shining a light on the things others aren’t seeing. ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Ivie! Yes, I wouldn’t say that a TV show has the power alone to make a young girl want to commit suicide. I’m sure there were a lot more problems! It’s so sad that a mere “entertainment” source seemed to assist her along the way.
      Many blessings!

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  10. I would never, ever watch 13 Reasons Why. Suicide is a tragic thing and it should not be romanticized. There needs to be more awareness against suicide and even if that was what the creators were going for that show is not the way to do it.

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    1. I agree with you, Christi! Raising awareness and providing help for people contemplating suicide is so important. But it shouldn’t be an entertainment angle. ❤ Have a great day!

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  11. yeahh, I am a little bit disappointed of Selena Gomez, because she is one of the producers, and I absolutely love her personality… all of her, maybe.
    Anyways, this is really bad show and I am really sorry for that girl…
    Wish you a beautiful day! ❤️

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  12. Did you know that this also has a book?!?! (I think) And I NEARLY took it from a library but for some reason, I suddenly felt like not taking it and I AM SO GLAD I DIDN’T! (must have been the Holy Spirit)

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