Why Jessica Davis Actually Had The Saddest Storyline In “13 Reasons Why”

Why Jessica Davis Actually Had The Saddest Storyline In “13 Reasons Why”

She deserved more than walking around everyday life not know that she was sexually assaulted.

If you were anything like me, you had been waiting for "13 Reasons Why " to become an adaptation for a long time. A few years after the book came out, there were rumors that Selena Gomez was going to play Hannah Baker, but the movie never came. Now, Netflix has made it into a TV series and it's all everyone is talking about.

There are two different lessons you can learn from this show. For the people that don't have suicidal thoughts: words hurt. You could be joking about something but that person might take it personally. You never know what that person is going through. For a person that has had suicidal thoughts: people will miss you. The people that hurt you while you were alive will beat themselves up, because they'll believe that they are the reason you killed yourself. Your parents are going to miss seeing your face every day.

There is a lot everyone can learn by watching this show, but I'm not here to write about what you can learn about this show; I'm here to talk about one specific storyline from "13 Reasons Why".

Everyone's been talking about Hannah Baker and her story, and yes, her story is sad; people treated her like trash. They took every chance they had to shoot her down, but all the other characters had sad storylines too, specifically Jessica Davis.

Her life at Liberty High started off like Hannah Baker's; she was the new kid in town who didn't have any friends and didn't know anyone. But Jessica was use to it, because her dad always had to move around. She was always the new kid. Just from that, you could tell that she didn't have many close friends.

Then she started dating Alex who supposedly "loved her", but made a list and put her best friend, Hannah Baker as the best ass in school and put her as the worst ass in school, because she wouldn't have sex with him. Alex pinned them against each other and it left Hannah and Jessica with no friends.

Jessica Davis needed someone which brought her to Justin Foley, the person that let her down the most. The one person she trusted with all her heart who let his best friend, Bryce, rape her while she was unconscious. The worst part about that situation is that he lied to her about getting raped for months, telling her that they hooked up that night and that's all that happened.

Twelve people knew about Jessica getting raped by Bryce and they let her walk around getting high and drunk with him; they let her be buddy-buddy with her rapist. He could have raped her again if he wanted too. No one was stopping her.

The only reason Justin ended up telling her that Bryce raped her was because he didn't want her hanging out with him anymore. It wasn't because she deserved to know; he thought that he was "protecting" her when in reality, he was hurting her even more. He humiliated her in front of a group of people and he let her soul get taken away without her even knowing it was gone.

Justin and Jessica had so much trust in each other; they were both broken and when they were together, they were whole. Because of this, Jessica believed every word that came out of his mouth, so when she heard Hannah's tape about the night of the party, she of course believed what Justin had said.

A part of me thinks that she knew that something else happened that night but she was too scared to ask if the tapes were true. In one scene, Courtney and Jessica were in the locker room, and Jessica had mentioned that Clay wanted to help her and go forward about what happened to her. But Courtney tells her that everything Hannah said was a lie, but Jessica said that the tape about Bryce and the hot or not list was true so why would she lie about this.

She wanted to believe Justin, because that's her boyfriend, but Hannah's tape is contradictory of what he is saying and she doesn't know what to believe. People keep giving Jessica ultimatums to not believe the tapes and she takes them every chance she can, because she's afraid of the truth and she doesn't know what to do with it.

Jessica knows that something else might have happened that night, which is why I think she started hanging out with Bryce more than usual, because she wants Justin to tell her the truth. She knows that if she asks Justin what happened that night, then he's going to tell her that they only had sex together. So instead of asking Justin, she hangs out with Bryce to push Justin's buttons into telling her the truth. She shouldn't have had to push Justin's buttons into telling her; he should have told her. She deserved more than walking around everyday not knowing that she was sexually assaulted.

Her story made me cry multiple times. The person she use to call her friend killed herself. Her ex-boyfriend tried to pressure her into having sex with him by making a list and embarrassing her, and she was raped by her boyfriend's best friend and was lied to about it for months. Just like Hannah, Jessica had her soul snatched away, the only difference is that Jessica didn't know hers was taken away.

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So, Kylie Jenner Had a Baby And Now I Want One Too

I felt something I don’t think I’ve ever felt before: baby fever.

I have never watched the Kardashians. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that the birth of a child I did not know would be even remotely important to me. However, as I watched the birth of the child of Kylie Kristen Jenner through the video released on her Instagram, I felt something I don’t think I’ve ever felt before: baby fever.

There were many things not featured in the video such as the morning sickness, pain, and even the pain of the birth itself as the screen went black during the screen of her bearing the child. It showed all the beautiful things, all the happy things, and every joyous moment of her pregnancy. As I watched I felt the one thing I’ve never felt before in all my life: baby fever.

She cradled her enlarged baby that held a child and I put my hand on my own. I did not know exactly what I was feeling during the entirety of the video whether it was happiness, sadness, or joy, but in reality, I feel like it was a sense of jealousy. The moment of her listening to the small heartbeat and watching the sonogram as while basking in the glow of its light, sitting in darkness.

I never bought into the pregnancy. I thought it was the internet doing what the internet does, which is hype up something out of absolutely nothing. When the family portrait of Kylie covering her stomach came out and began trending on Twitter, I still felt as though the entire thing was nothing more than an elaborate hoax. Perhaps it was even Kylie messing with all of us, playing into our assumptions and humoring us. The inner detective in me even thought that maybe she would now have to get pregnant to live up to all this hype.

Nevertheless, I waited and watched quietly, only to be shocked on the fourth of February when a video was released on Instagram entitled “To Our Daughter.” Again, I opened this thinking it was nothing more than a hoax, something made out of completely nothing.

I continued to watch, shocked at my own jealousy and never thinking that 2018 would be the year of the Jenner baby or the year that I desired my own. I finally began to recognize the feeling I was experiencing throughout the entirety of the 12-minute video to be a mixture of both of jealousy and the warm, squishy adoration of feeling.

In conclusion, Kylie’s bun in the oven at 20-years-old made me long for my empty oven to be occupied as well. The photos, the ultrasounds, and the tiny shoes were all things I wanted in my own life. In conclusion, congratulations, Kylie Jenner...and season 14 of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" will be on my DVR every single week for the rest of the year.

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Why It's So Wrong That Yet Another Black Artist Is Being Overlooked

Why not Tyler?

Every year Forbes magazine recognizes “the brightest entrepreneurs, innovators, and game-changers under the age of 30 who are transforming business as usual and changing the world.” At the age of 26, the musician, fashion designer and icon, festival founder, and entrepreneur among many other things, Tyler, The Creator, is not one of the names you will find on this honorable list.

Despite his international fanbase that supports his clothing brand, multiple shows, music festival, partnerships with mainstream brands, and many other side projects, Tyler is still considered an underground artist who is not given credit where it is well deserved.

As I was rocked side to side under flashing lights, crashing into bodies of the thousands of people who came from near and far just to attend Tyler’s music festival, it hit me how influential of an artist he really is.

While most artists have a medium that their work is known in and they simply dabble in other forms of art on the side, Tyler’s talent faces very little restraint as he is a giant in multiple platforms. If anyone in the popular music genre is changing the game, it would have to be Tyler, The Creator, who is a prime example of how all forms of art are connected.

Although 30 under 30 is just a list, this title holds more significance in my mind than that because of the treatment of artists like Tyler, and by that, I mean black artists. While the more recent Grammy letdowns with SZA’s CNTRL and Beyoncé’s Lemonade would probably come to mind first, black artists have been underappreciated for as long as our history dates back. Although black culture has provided us with most of our musical developments that we have today, the recognition for past and current black artists is shown rather in appropriation than appreciation.

Just like how white people popularized rock n’ roll after being birthed from overlooked black artists, often in today’s society artists of varying demographics get praised for qualities that black artists are condemned for having. Maybe this list is in fact just a list, but the meaning of its recognition is something a whole lot deeper.

Tyler, The Creator was first brought into his public spotlight when he started his own record label and alternative hip-hop group in 2007 called OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All). Initially meaning to be just a magazine to showcase underground self-producing artists like himself, Tyler’s project went a long way, quickly transforming into a group of some of the most influential artists of pop music that wrote, produced, recorded, designed, and filmed a majority of their content on their own.

I could easily classify my entire middle school experience as a whole with a pair of socks with donuts on them thanks to this group because shortly after its formation they were all anyone my age seemed to ever talk about. Nowadays creativity in the popular music genre is so rare that the praise for artists who classify themselves to be singer-songwriters like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift is immense even though they rely on a team of songwriters and image shaping managers to give them that title, yet somehow his creativity is still overlooked.

Not only does Tyler create his music on his own, but also the environment for it to be listened to. Since 2012, Tyler has hosted a music festival called Camp Flog Gnaw where I saw him perform for the first time. At the festival, I met people that flew into the country for the sole purpose of seeing him perform and saw many concert-goers being interviewed by big-name reporters like Vogue and Billboard to report on their experiences.

This festival features some of the biggest names in today’s music, including two artists that were recognized on Forbes most recent music category of 30 Under 30, Migos and Playboi Carti. Unlike other music festivals I have been to, Tyler’s was easy to navigate my way through as one of the applications he has designed for smartphones is dedicated to helping festival goers coordinate the times and locations for sets, food services, and merch stores.

As I followed the application’s directions to get from place to place, I found myself passing many eye-catching installations like a 40-foot minion wearing overalls covered in patches designed by Tyler himself. Although Tyler has been recorded making statements about not caring about fashion, he has has a huge part in the direction that street fashion has gone over the past decade with his ahead of the curve eye for what is “hip.”

Having made over a quarter-million on his Odd Future socks, I think it is justified when Tyler wrote in a song “Oh you wearin' Vans and Supreme this season? Stop lyin' to yourself . . . me the reason.” What started out as a pop-up shop in Los Angeles has transformed into an empire in the fashion industry with a permanent store in the most famous street in LA for fashion (Fairfax), lines of shoes with both Converse and Vans that have consistently sold out on every release date, and recognition from and collaborations with high end fashion names. To be so influential in an industry that you don’t even care about says a lot about how innovative and looked up to you are.

It is hard to classify exactly who Tyler’s fanbase is because it ranges so wide, but this just goes to show how versatile his art is. To be able to reach out to people of all ages- children with his cartoon, teens with his music and fashion, adults with his TV show, and older people with his online series- is a quality that showcases the true reach of the influence Tyler’s art has.

With all that he has done within his career, every aspect of his work has showcased the qualities of what Forbes claims to look for in its candidates for 30 Under 30. It is not hard to access the work Tyler has done thanks to his app that allows access to videos, photos, clothing, music, articles, tour dates, other events, and pretty much anything he likes, so what Forbes does not see in him I do not know.

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