Welcome to 2017, where 13 Reasons Why became the most popular TV show within what seemed like 4.7 seconds. The late Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris took to Instagram to praise the show for its focus point which is teenage bullying, while also warning people who have attempted to commit suicide in the past to watch the show with caution.
For those that don’t know (which my guess is there’s only like 3 of you), 13 Reasons Why follows the story of a girl who was bullied at school to the point of committing suicide, and through a series of thirteen tapes calls out those who have wronged her.
The 19-year-old who almost tried to take her own life months earlier wrote a balanced note about this audience-conquering TV series, while making it clear that it’s “important to spread towards people that are struggling with depression or anxiety, self-harm, and or suicidal thoughts” before they watch the show.
“This show was an amazing way to get the message across to bullies that they need to stop doing what they are doing, it really did a good job of showing how impactful words and actions can be to other human beings. you can’t just do or say things to people without thinking about how it will affect them,” she praised the show at first.
But, she added, “at the same time” the 13-episode series is “extremely triggering thing to watch.”
Jackson tried to take her own life by eating 20 Motrin pills and slitting her wrist, but failed. “Please only watch this show with caution and keep in mind that it may put you in a dark place,” Jackson warned on Instagram yesterday. “If you are struggling please don’t watch it. If you think you can handle it, please, by all means, check it out.”
Andrew Evangelista, a mental health coordinator for the public schools in Montclair, New Jersey, wrote a letter after watching the series. “There were a lot of questions I had, about how the girl was portrayed and the lack of mental health resources that were available to her,” he told ABC News.
“I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused — in a way that they would talk about it because it’s something that’s happening all the time,” she said of teenage suicide. “So, I’m overwhelmed that it’s doing as well as it’s doing.” said the show’s executive producer Selena Gomez during an interview.
Do you agree with Paris Jackson’s view on 13 Reasons Why? Are you also obsessed with the series? Let us know in the comments!