Netflix hasn't really failed in any way when it comes to their original content game. We became OBSESSED with a women's prison, lived for Pinot Noir, wanted a friend named Eleven. This year, we lost it over a girl named Hannah Baker. 13 Reasons Why got a hell of a lot of praise, but then think pieces from around the internet began to vilify the show for "glorifying suicide".
Spoiler alert! Hannah Baker is dead from the beginning of the show, and we watch her tragic tale unfold through a series of tapes she left for everyone who she felt played a part in her suicide. It is an interesting concept taken from a book bearing the same name. No one really hopped on the book back in 2007 when it hit shelves, but now that it's undoubtedly one of the most talked about and watched shows of the year, people are hating.
Yes, we see this young girl take her own life, and while some say it was too graphic, it's that ballsy move that should be applauded. Death in any nature is terrifying to handle because it’s so permanent. Often times, people don’t think of that part, or how it will, in turn, hurt those around you who really did care about your well-being. Seeing Hannah lifeless in that tub showcased there is no coming back once you make that drastic decision, and that life goes on with or without your collection of tapes floating around.
There are a plethora of messages to walk away from after bingeing 13 Reasons Why, but suicide being a poetic way to escape your problems is not one of them by any means. Instead, viewers learn from Hannah to speak the heck up about any and everything that could be causing them to feel suicidal; depression, bullying, rape, anything. People who are scared of this show “teaching” their kids one way or another should really utilize the show as a tool to have an open and honest conversation with their children about subjects that are otherwise left unmentioned in many homes.