Hope Overlooked

If you have a Netflix account, then you probably have scrolled past the show “13 Reasons Why.” If you have not heard about this show, it centers on the suicide of a teenage girl named Hannah Baker. Her decision to end her life is explained through a collection of cassette tapes that she leaves behind, blaming the people responsible for her death.

Personally, I have scrolled past it many times, until I decided to check it out. I was hoping it would be like the movie “Cyberbully,” which stars Emma Osment and centers around a teenage girl, who is a victim of cyberbullying. It was a really good movie and had a powerful message. However, that’s not the case with “13 Reasons Why.” After watching the show, I felt sick. Not because I was emotionally moved by the show but what the show was portraying. I felt the show was glorifying suicide instead of showing the tragedy of depression and its potentially horrifying result.

A few weeks after watching it I received an email from AFA (the American Family Association) stating that a young teenage girl named Anna had committed suicide. After watching the show, she had copycatted the suicide of Hannah Baker. Along with Anna, there have been two other suicides by young girls, which also occurred after watching the show. This is very sad and disturbing that a show could spark such a movement. Their parents have put the show at fault and are aiming to have it removed from Netflix.

I understand what this show’s intention was. However, it is not meant for young girls. The big reason is that the show is rated M for mature (specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17), but also, because the show has such a detrimental effect on young girls and their families.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but I would never want this tragedy to happen to anyone I know, and I don’t think others would either, especially a parent. If you think this show should be removed from Netflix, please take action. Go to https://www.afa.net/netflix and sign the petition.

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