13 Reasons Why it’s okay

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After 13 hours on this controversial Netflix Original series backed by Selena Gomez which is based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher, I finally understood what all the backlash is about.

In a nutshell, the show talks about rape, bully in school, and more worrying – suicide. In the words of some online reviews, it’s “glorifying suicide”. The show walks you through the journey of how the male protagonist (Clay Jensen) unfolds the mystery of why the female lead (Hannah Baker) killed herself. It’s really a series of unfortunate events coupled with bad decisions making.

At the end of the show, the truth came out, some people paid the price, but much of the show was left hanging. I suppose many are worried that young children will take suicide as a solution after the show. Hannah’s death did somehow put things into places. That is like sacrificing for a cause, right?

The answer is NO. 

There is more than one way to skin a cat. (I am not from Yishun, really.)

Suicide doesn’t solve any problems. It is the beginning of more problems. 

It is a case of a glass being half full or half empty. Many choose to see that the show’s glorifying the power of suicide but I think they fail to see the real message. What about the consequences of bullying, rape, lies, drugs, alcohol and also bad decision making? It was all these that caused her death. In fact, because of Hannah’s suicide, it ended up creating more trouble along the way which includes almost driving Clay crazy and taking another person’s life. (I’m not going to spoil it for those who have yet to catch the show.) The show did portray the consequences of suicide and the dangers of it.

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At the end of the day, it is just a show and like every other drama, audiences are supposed to take it with a pinch of salt. We all know we are not going to scale any walls simply because a spider bit me during a school excursion.

The only problem with the show is that it was too well-produced and people are too emotionally attached to it.

How good is the show? The show is SO good that schools in Singapore actually issued a warning letter to parents.


Also, Netflix just announced that the series would be back for a second season. We can’t wait to see how that turns out.


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Smith Leong

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