I know there is a lot of controversy on this topic about how "13 Reasons Why" glamorizes suicide, rape, and bullying, but the cold truth is that it doesn't. This series was based on a novel that was published in 2007, I personally never read the book, and I also do not think most people knew that it was a book first before the series was published.
I was also bullied in high school, just like Hannah Baker. It was to the point where I actually transferred schools, and like her, I did not tell the school, and I think that is okay. I feel that if I ever did, everything would just get worse for me, I did not want the girls involved to make my life any worse than it already was, the school would not have done anything except probably hold an assembly and make an example out of me, I did not want that. I did not want anyone to know my personal business and I think that is okay.
To talk about showing the suicide on screen and the rape on screen, may be disturbing and triggering for some viewers, but if you read the summary you would have known not to watch it or to watch it with someone you trust. These types of things happen to men, women, and children every single day, I think that this topic should always be something that is on our minds and this show did exactly that.
This show was created to bring awareness to the topics of rape and suicide that people seem to shame, and joke about. It wouldn't be funny if it was your mom, dad, son or daughter, so why is it funny if it happens to someone else?
If we do not address the problem of rape, we are going to have many more Bryce Walkers, and the unfortunate event is that we already have enough, getting away with this awful act.
The gun violence is another topic we seem to just rub off and not talk about, in recent years we have had a rise of gun violence in schools, these things have been happening for decades, but all of a sudden it is now just a problem, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PROBLEM!!! I am a proud supporter of the second amendment, but I do believe that things need to change.
We need to start with the mental health problem that this country has, we have to start supporting our children, and when they tell us something is wrong with how they are feeling, we should seek out help, there shouldn't be a question or a disappointing look or even telling them, 'No, you don't have that problem, stop acting like that'.
In the last episode of the second season, Tyler comes back from a mental health institution and seems to be doing well, until Monty sees him in the bathroom and proceeds to smash his head into a mirror, the bathroom sink and then broom him, leaving him in the bathroom.
Later in the episode, you see him retrieve guns from his basement and drives to the school where there is a dance going on, he warns his friends and tells them to leave. Clay finds him outside of the school and tells him that he has friends, that he doesn't want him to die, that he is wanted and this is all it takes for him to get into the car and get out of there.
Sometimes that is all kids need to hear is that they are wanted and appreciated. Things like this are happening way too often now and it needs to be stopped.
We have to start having the mental health talk with our kids, we cannot ignore them and ignore signs, laugh at them and tell them to get over it. It is the cold hard truth of what happens every single day, and parents have to start accepting it, getting help for our children or doing anything we can for them.
We glamorize depression, anxiety, rape, suicide, all of it. Kids make things up because nowadays, it is weird to not have a problem, even when there is nothing wrong with them. These kids are the ones that are ruining it for others with actual issues because they want to seem "cool."
It is not cool to have these problems and if there is nothing wrong with you, congrats, but please stop ruining It for others. This show was meant to shine light on a subject that many do not like talking about, it was meant to open the conversation, so there could be a conversation.