After its release on March 31, new Netflix show 13 Reasons Why became a controversial issue and a very popular show among youngsters.
13 Reasons Why is a show based on a best-selling book by Jay Asher that tells the story of the Hannah Baker (actress Katherine Langford) through her 4 years in high school.
After facing several abusing experiences, the character decides to record 13 tapes, each tape talking about one of the other characters (her friends at high school) where Hannah accuses them of being the main reason why she kills herself after 13 episodes. Now that Hannah is dead, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) plays the role of her best friend who listens to the tapes while having flashbacks of Hannah.
Experts say that the sensitivity of the show lies in Hannah Baker’s suicide scene at the end of the show. Brian Yorkey, the series’ director, closely films Hannah while she cuts her wrists open in a bathtub.
Many young people have watched the show since its release thus the controversy rises. Those who are pro the show feels overwhelmed and those who criticizes it feel that the scene was too much. Experts in suicide and assault are questioning the effect of the scene on teenagers.
Selene Gomez, 13 Reasons Why executive producer, defended the show by saying that the suicide scene was on purpose as to make people feel confused and overwhelmed, which is the case with lots of fans who watch the series.
“I believed in the project for so long and I understood what the message was,” Gomez said. “I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused ― in a way that they would talk about it because it’s something that’s happening all the time. So, I’m overwhelmed that it’s doing as well as it’s doing,” She continued.