A Response to Complaints About ’13 Reasons Why’

I’m kind of surprised at the negative feedback that this show has been getting.

13 Reasons Why was never about how “love can save you” Clay is one person out of 13 on the tapes and really it’s not even about him. Being groped and having your ass grabbed in public by men is sexual harassment. It’s not something to take lightly and it’s never acceptable. No, Hannah is not a drama queen or overreacting. Your words and actions can be incredibly harmful. Just because you don’t react to something a certain way doesn’t mean that other people won’t. Especially if you have no idea what else is going on in peoples’ lives.

I mean, really are y’all even watching?

People are trying to point out the smallest reasons to hate this show for no reason. No, this is not the only way to display mental health, bullying, depression, suicide, sexual assault, rape, or anything else but no one ever said that it was. This is one show (actually it’s been a book for 10 years but apparently none of y’all read it so don’t even know what was added to the show) it isnt going to be “perfect” or fit everyone’s experiences perfectly. That’s impossible to do in just 13 episodes. But whether you like it or not this show has still opened up a dialogue about all of the things I listed that people are often too afraid to talk about. Of course it shouldn’t have taken a TV show to do so but wouldn’t it be more productive to build on the conversation and stomping it (and other people’s experiences) down?

Full review of 13 Reasons Why


  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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8 Responses to A Response to Complaints About ’13 Reasons Why’

  1. thebookcorps says:

    I personally haven’t seen much hate for the show – everyone I know is loving it at the moment. I only started the show last night – am already up to episode 7 – and I can say that I am enjoying it so far, but I do notice how incredibly important the topics they are talking about. I read the book many years ago, so I know what is coming, and I am impressed how the show is setting everything up and the characters’ response to it. Like so far, Jessica thinks Hannah is lying because of what her boyfriend told her. I’m both fearful and anticipating her reaction when she finds out everything is true.
    I think the show has done a good job at informing people of the different ways people respond to things, like bullying, harassment, etc. Just because some people can just take it on the chin and talk back, doesn’t mean everyone can. SPOILER: For e.g. the scene where Marcus tries to put his hand up Hannah’s skirt and she stops him and he humiliates her. After that happened, she talked about not being able to move and was just sitting there, frozen. That really resounded with me.
    I think people shouldn’t throw stones and cast aspersions about issues like this – everyone responds differently and to hate on the way the show displays these issues suggests that there is only one way for people to react to sexual harassment or to act one certain way in regards to mental health. Obviously that is not true and very problematic too.
    Thanks for writing this up! I hope many people read this 😀

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  2. I really have to start watching this show, I’ve heard good things about it!

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  4. Lisa says:

    It’s like when Tony points out that what’s on the tapes is Hannah’s truth. Not every person who’s suicidal presents as Hannah does, but it doesn’t mean that the show gets it wrong. The criticisms make me a little upset, but at least it means that the show has people talking about these issues, which is a good thing!

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