Hey Girls, it’s Adi! So this weekend I sat down and binge watched the entirety of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix (like everyone else on the planet) and…I got a LOT of feelings about this show!
If you somehow haven’t heard of this show, 13 Reasons Why is based off a book and it debuted on Netflix last month. It’s quickly becoming one the most watched AND talked about shows this year!
It’s the story of high-school student Hannah Baker, who dies by suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes, each assigned to a person who ultimately contributed to her death. It’s all pretty intense, especially the last couple episodes which depict sexual assault and self harm pretty graphically. All that said though, I think how the show portrays bullying is really important and should be required viewing for all high school students.
I think a lot of the time people don’t consider or even realize the effect their words and actions have on others, or that even being kind or sticking up for someone can make a H U G E difference. I think this show could do a lot in terms of helping to show the REAL effects of bullying because it’s so raw and brutally honest.
There is a lot of controversy over this show and it’s depiction of suicide and how it shows Hannah as a revenge-seeking teen instead of a young woman who deserves compassion (you can read more about that here and here), but my own issue conflict with the show centers around the character Clay Jensen.
Clay is setup to be this kind, if not a little socially awkward, kid that could have saved Hannah if only she’d let him…but like…I did NOT see it that way!! Instead to me Clay kind of came across as a coward. He witnessed all the horrible things happening to Hannah, how she was treated in the hallways at school and at the dance, and he did nothing!! He’s an innocent bystander to her bullying but that’s exactly what takes away his innocence.
Listen girlies, the truth is that silence cannot be an option when it comes to bullying, racism, or any injustice.
So if you are to take away one thing from this show, I hope it’s the courage and kindness to speak up against bullying and protect your fellow humans, because they can’t always do it for themselves.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or visit their website.
XOXO – Adi