The Phantom Voice
“13 Reasons Why” brought light to topics that school administrations usually bring up in assemblies that consist of lectures on how not to bystand. These are beneficial and students are used to hearing it. “13 Reasons Why” addressed the same topics in a more diverse way, catching high school students’ and parents’ attention all over the nation. The question is, if this new Netflix blockbuster is showing step by step how bullying, rape, etc can affect someone's life, then why are people trying to shun us from it? Why do adults get to choose what shows are good for us, and what shows we shouldn’t be able to watch. They say the show “glorifies suicide,” but I don’t know what they were viewing because from what I saw, there was nothing glorifying about it.
The show told the story of Hannah Baker, and the thirteen reasons why she killed herself. She was bullied, raped, and lost all hope in her friends to help support her. Episode by episode, it showed the insight of what goes through your head and how an individual is affected. You feel empathy for Hannah and any girl who has been through her situation. Not to mention, it makes you think if others have been through these nightmares.
All moral lessons aside, ‘13 Reasons Why’ is just a show, and people are taking it too seriously. It’s absurd to believe that a show can persuade viewers actions. It’s like saying that if you watch “How to Get Away With Murder,” you’ll be more more provoked to kill….. That’s crazy! In watching ‘13 Reasons Why,’ viewers are not more prone to harm themselves, and most adults, and schools need to realize this.
I can’t think of thirteen reasons to ban this series, let alone one. It shows important insights about how actions of others can affect a person’s life. It teaches students in ways that school assemblies can’t. But most of all, people have to accept that it is just like any other show on Netflix and anyone should be able to watch it if they desire to, including teenagers. Suicide is a sensitive topic, but that does not mean that people should be overly alarmed that it was brought into a T.V series.