13 Reasons Why You Should Boycott "13 Reasons Why"

13 Reasons Why You Should Boycott "13 Reasons Why"

8. It glorifies suicide.
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The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has caused some controversy because of its content. From ignoring psychologists recommendations to causing copycat suicides, the shows run has not had the desired effects. But Netflix has still decided to put out a second season. I refuse to watch it, and here is why you should too.

1. The producers claim they are trying to help kids with depression.

Producer of the show, Selena Gomez claims she wanted the show to start a conversation about suicide. And it did, in a way. But not the right conversation about symptoms and treatment. It mostly just made people with mental illnesses look whiney because that's how Hannah is. It also did nothing to help people who actually have depression. In fact, it made me just feel worse.

2. Despite that, they ignored their ethical duty to the audience.

Even though producers wanted to help bring awareness to depression and suicide, they did not consider their audience. The show is about a teenage girl who killed herself. This is obviously going to attract adolescents, especially those already dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts. Yes, the show has a TV-MA rating, but it's also on Netflix, which is easily accessible for anyone with internet connection. Watching this, they are shown a situation that they may relate to, but instead of showing them a way out, they show them how to kill themselves.

3. They also ignored recommendations from psychologists.

When producers decided to show Hannah committing suicide, it's not that they didn't know any better. Netflix decided to bring on psychologists to consult on the show and make sure they were doing it well. Experts told Netflix not to release the show because of the content and how it would affect viewers. Netflix did it anyway. Shockingly, it hasn't gone well.

4. There were several copycat suicides after the show aired.

While the show probably wasn't the only cause of the suicides, there were several copycats. Two teens in California killed themselves days after finishing the series. A man in Peru even recorded tapes. This isn't surprising since the series is basically a how-to on killing yourself while getting the most attention possible.

5. The show misrepresents what it's like to have a mental illness.

Having depression is nothing like what it is in the show. It's a lot more sleeping, to be honest. But Hannah doesn't really act depressed as much as she does angry and upset. She does get irritable, which can be a symptom of depression, but it is also a symptom of being 16. The show should have presented real symptoms of depression, like not eating, sleeping a lot, or really anything that actually signals depression.

6. Hannah has a support system, but it's not shown.

In the show, you rarely see anyone being there for Hannah. Yeah, that's kinda the point, but it's not true. The few times you see her interact with her parents, they are being supportive and loving. Hannah acts like they don't pay attention to her, but even when she is picking up tapes from their pharmacy, they are asking about her project and how she's doing. Not to mention Clay, who works with her and has a class with her and clearly cares about her. Plus Tony talked about always listening to her problems and becoming her confidant. Hannah had a support system, it just wasn't shown.

7. It doesn't show any help for Hannah.

At no point in the series do things look like they might get better for Hannah. In fact, the two times she tries to get help, she is completely ignored. While I will admit schools and the law aren't always helpful to victims of sexual assault, the way the counselor just brushed her off was not what you should be showing people when you want to facilitate a conversation about rape. It just makes victims feel like they should just keep their trauma to themselves.

8. It glorifies suicide.

In this show, suicide is used to create intrigue and drama. And how Hannah does it, with the tapes, makes it look almost glamorous. Like, killing herself is what made her matter to everyone. Which is exactly what you shouldn't tell depressed adolescents who are most likely watching this show.

9. The suicide scene makes it look easy.

Watching Hannah kill herself made it look so easy. Run a bath, slit your wrists, die. That's it. Again, it was basically a how-to video.

10. The rape scenes were unnecessarily triggering.

I get doing graphic scenes for artistic reasons, but there is a line. And "13 Reasons Why" crossed it with not one, but two rape scenes. Neither of which absolutely had to be shown. There are plenty of ways to "show" rape without literally showing it. And let's not forget children are watching this. And probably rape victims as well. The scenes were incredibly triggering and the show could have done without them.

11. Hannah blamed all of her problems on other people, rather than facing them.

Obviously, the story is from Hannah's point of view, which is why it seems like she is not in the wrong in any way. What's worse is that that is how Clay sees it too. But Hannah was probably in the wrong in a lot of ways. Even when you have depression, you still need to face your problems. Hannah didn't do that and the show made that look like it was okay.

12. Jay Asher was kicked out of his writing group for accusations of sexual harassment.

Much less related to the show itself, but still notable is that Jay Asher was kicked out of his writer's group. If you're not aware, Jay Asher wrote the book that the show is based on. Basically, someone accused him of sexual harassment, it was investigated, and he was expelled from the group. First of all, this explains why he wrote such a terrible teenage girl; he doesn't respect women very much. Second, by watching the show, you are supporting a sexual harasser.

12. The show wasn't even that good.

Seriously, without all the controversy, we probably wouldn't even be talking about this show. Hannah was super unlikeable and Clay was just annoying. The story is intriguing at best and I'm sure works great as a book. But anything good from it was overshadowed by the graphic rape and suicide scenes.


"13 Reasons Why" is extremely problematic for a lot of reasons. If you have a mental illness or care about someone with a mental illness or have been a victim of rape or care about someone who is a victim of rape, you should not watch it. And let's be real, that's everyone. We should all boycott "13 Reasons Why."

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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Who Will Take Mike McCarthy's Place?

After 13 seasons, the Packers are in the market for a new head coach.

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When the Packers fell to the Cardinals 20-17 on December 2nd, I, along with most of Packer Nation, was aghast.

These weren't the Cardinals of Bruce Arians' heyday, or even of the storied Kurt Warner era. No, these Cardinals were led by a rookie quarterback who had thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and had a completion percentage of 54%. Their head coach was equally a rookie, and had prior to arriving in Green Bay, two wins to his name.

He left Titletown with his third.

In my mind, that was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Green Bay had seen a great deal of adversity throughout the 2018 season, and some heartbreakingly close defeats. It's not unfair to ask if the Packers could have a virtually reversed record, something like 8-4, if a few more penalties and turnovers broke their way. After all, even before dropping against the Cardinals, the Packers had lost to or tied the Seahawks, Rams, and Vikings, all playoff contenders, by a combined 5 points.

But losing to an Arizona team that has nothing to play for but draft position and its own pride seemed too much to me, and apparently too much to CEO Mark Murphy too.

Within hours, Head Coach Mike McCarthy was out of a job.

And while many rejoiced, I think they fail to see that the situation is much larger than just one man.

Was McCarthy's play calling stale and his tolerance of complacency backbreaking? Yes. But he was also a good coach, finishing with an overall winning record of 0.618. That's fourth best in a franchise history that spans 100 years. And while winning percentage isn't a perfect statistic, you'd be hard-pressed to totally discount it, especially factoring in the adversity the Packers faced from other quarters.

Just as former Packers safety Damarious Randall said: "They traded away all their good players." Certainly, that argument is there to be made, and it's one that I have made. Under General Manager Ted Thompson the Packers were lax to resign guys in the secondary that had a proven track record, such as Casey Hayward or Micah Hyde. That theory of dispensability has continued to some degree under Thompson's successor, Brian Gutekunst, with the Packers trading both Randall and Pro Bowler Ha Ha Clinton-Dix this season.

What's more, schematically there were things that weren't directly McCarthy's fault, namely in the retention of defensive coordinator Dom Capers far past his prime, but ultimately came down on his head as the leader of the organization. The ironic thing is that the Packers have actually improved defensively this year under new coordinator Mike Pettine, despite the sour win-loss record. They currently rank 12th defensively overall.

All of this to say, now that Mike McCarthy is gone, and Joe Philbin is (temporarily) leading the Packers offense, things won't necessarily be all sunshine and roses. Football is a team sport and just as getting rid of Thompson wasn't going to be a silver bullet, neither will be this move with McCarthy.

Someone has to fill his shoes. Someone has to take up the mantle, and what will be most important is hiring someone who can work creatively with Aaron Rodgers and Co. to put up the points that have been sorely lacking. After all, an offense that features such talent as Rodgers, Davantae Adams, and Aaron Jones, not to mention standout tackles like David Bakhiatri and Bryan Bulaga should regularly be putting up 30 points per game, not struggling to eke out 17.

Even more to that point, the defense needs to continue to come together. Mike Pettine has the Packers' young secondary working well, but given the amount of draft capital that's been invested into that area of the team in recent years, they need to be playing at top-notch quality. It's going to take a special kind of head coach to get them there.

I don't know exactly who will be McCarthy's successor. I'm doubtful Philbin will retain the role, given his mediocre experience at the helm of the Miami Dolphins and given that he's already been tenured in Green Bay for so long. Many have spread whispers that Josh McDaniels would leave his cushy gig in New England for the Packers, though given his past failures leading the Denver Broncos and his spurning of the Indianapolis Colts not 10 months ago, I'm somewhat doubtful that he's the right choice either.

The closing of McCarthy's chapter in Green Bay, storied and classy as it was, means a whole lot of uncertainty in the months ahead. The Packers had never fired a coach midseason before. Let's hope that Murphy's doing so is an indicator that the franchise is ready to make serious, quantitative change, not backslide into a bygone time.

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