So, last year’s premiere of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, based on the novel of the same name by Jay Asher, brought much acclaim as well as the requisite controversy that comes with material that deals with themes that range from fitting into school to reputations and rumors to rape and suicide.
Parents and counselors sounded off on the show glorifying said rape and suicide while the show handled the topics unflinching with advertisements for suicide prevention and rape hotlines throughout. Some editorials, I read were heated…mostly against, but I’ll get to that later.
Now, I read the book after we saw the first season, and the show was changed from the book to make the show more hardcore…specifically changing the method of suicide. Don’t get me wrong, the book covered those topics, but from a teen to young adult perspective.
If I have one gripe for the Netflix version is the hardcore-ness. Unless parental units watch it with their kids, which most don’t know what their kids watch much less what they’re doing at any given moment (We hear it all the time.), the rating could alienate their desired audience. Nonetheless, kids saw without their parental units, then, told them about it. THEN, folks saw the show, and were shocked, getting up in arms that Netflix was irresponsible for making it so readily available to their precious kids’ virgin eyes that watched SAW. Hmmm, seemed skewed to me.
Editorials from pissed off parental units and counselors said the show promoted rape, suicide, and kids not talking to adults about stuff. NEWSFLASH: Kids don’t talk to parental units, because they think they can relate. THAT’S why folks need to be involved. It doesn’t solved everything, but… Also, I don’t remember a run on suicides after word got around about the show.
Season 2 comes out Friday. We’re clearing our schedule to binge it. I know there’ll be haters that, like the first season, just won’t get it…even though it’s a show that SHOULD be seen by everybody TOGETHER.
Be good to each other.