To The Writers and Producers Of 13 Reasons Why

To The Writers and Producers Of 13 Reasons Why

You might just be the only ones benefitting from your show.


To the writers and producers of 13 Reasons Why,

Congratulations. You’ve made it. Your show is the topic of every conversation, article, and social media platform this month. You’ve moved hundreds of thousands of people to become infatuated with it, binge watching the thirteen episodes in under two days. Teens, young adults, and parents across the nation are raving about it.

So you got what you wanted…but you haven’t got me fooled.

Your intention in making the show was not what you made it out to be. In fact, you really couldn't care less about preserving anyone’s mental health.

All you really wanted was fame.

To be honest, I knew the show was flawed the moment I became obsessed with reaching the end of it. I’ll admit, 13 Reasons Why was addictive. It was extremely captivating, but for all the wrong reasons.

I look back and realize how weird it was that my fourteen year old sister kept pushing me to get to end of it faster. She would say, “OMG, just wait. It gets SO good. You HAVE to finish it.”

Wait, it gets “good”?

How could a TV show depicting such terribly graphic things such as rape, bullying, and suicide, be “good”? And the sad part is that for the first few episodes, I did think it was good. I couldn’t take my eyes of the screen.

You were so hungry for views and popularity, that you used those images to get exactly that. You made the story into a “drama,” a “suicide mystery,” and a “love story” to receive publicity.

But in the process, you failed to mention the first thing about mental illness or depression.

How then, could you claim that your goal was to spread awareness about suicide and depression?

Hannah Baker was slut shamed, cyber bullied, and raped, until she was prompted to slit her own wrists and bleed to death in the bathtub, where her parents find her unresponsive.

The only things that Hannah leaves behind are thirteen tapes, one for each person who did her wrong, and asks each individual to pass them on to the next after he/she finishes listening to all of them.

Let’s be real. The plot of the story revolves around a girl who chooses to seek vengeance on all of those who had done her wrong, by taking her own life and leaving behind a cruel souvenir.

Therefore, the only true message that comes out of this story is that pinning responsibility for your own actions on others is okay. But it’s not. At the end of the day, Hannah Baker chose to take her own life, and the burden of that reality cannot be put onto anyone else.

This is not to say that the kids who bullied her should not be reprimanded. In fact, some deserve to be put behind bars for good. However, at the end of the day, Hannah’s decision, despite how difficult it was for her, was her own.

Furthermore, not only did you fail to portray a real message, but some of your scenes were more graphic than necessary, and above all, extremely triggering for those who have actually dealt with mental illness. You did not need to show every gruesome detail in Hannah’s suicide, as some may be compelled to do the same after watching it.

I get i, At the end of the day, your Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher's novel needed views. But was it worth doing that at the expense of the mental health of so many people?

And you still failed to send out the message you claimed to be making.

13 Reasons Why was NOT created in order to raise suicide awareness, and you knew that. Therefore you made 13 Reasons: Beyond the Reasons, where Selena Gomez, the co-producer, and the entire cast discuss how important it is to spread suicide awareness, and to take note of the signs. Here, the whole cast and crew defend the show’s graphic content, by claiming that it was the only way people would listen and engage in discussion.

My belief is that you felt the need to include that clip at the end, as you realized that the show had done absolutely nothing to address those issues. You had to make up for it somehow.

Let's face it, you were given a serious topic to portray onscreen, and you failed to do it properly. You missed the opportunity to educate the nation about what is actually important.

What if you had chosen to make Hannah Baker live in the end? What if you had decided to allow her to make the tapes, and throw them out after learning that there are in fact people who care about her?

Then, I believe, the message would be clear. And after watching, those who had ever experienced suicidal thoughts might be compelled to seek out help, instead of feeling triggered.

Last, you never once teach the audience the warning signs of one who is depressed or suicidal.

Hannah’s character failed to show sufficient signs of depression, which is why even the people closest to her did not see the end of her life coming. And the few signs that she did show, are not blatantly obvious to the general population watching.

Now I walk through life afraid that someone close to me will make the same decision, and I will miss the signs.

So congratulations. You got the attention that you wanted. But how does it feel knowing that you might have just made things harder for a lot of people?

*Please, if you are worried about yourself or a friend, do not be afraid to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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