The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 13 Reasons Why has been a huge success. But, like most things in the world, success doesn’t come without some controversy.
The show has been under fire for how it portrays teenagers and suicide. Hollywood star Selena Gomez, who serves as an executive producer for the show, claims the show is only being realistic to the events that happen today.
In an interview with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, she said, “The content is complicated, it’s dark and it has moments that are honestly really hard to swallow. I understood that we were going into something that is difficult, but these kids today are so exposed to things that I would never even comprehend when I was eight.”
She continued: “My cousin teaches third grade and they’re doing things and saying things that I couldn’t even fathom. I feel like if this is what we are going to talk about we might as well do it in a way that’s going to be honest, it’s going to be real and it stays true to the book.”
13 Reasons Why is based on a 2007 novel of the same name. The show tells the story of a group of high school students who discover that they played a part in a classmate’s decision to commit suicide. Netflix has admitted they didn’t expect the show to be such a hit with its users, but the show has become wildly popular, with fans begging for more seasons. Critics of the show have claimed it “glamorizes suicide” in a way that can be harmful to teen consumers. But other teens and critics are impressed with the way the show portrays the issues students face today and need to be voiced on some platform. Read our review of season 1 here.
Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why is scheduled to be released in 2018. ~Brenden Zerihun