She knew it was coming. - From Glamour
Based on a novel about the suicide of 17-year-old Hannah Baker, Netflix's buzzy 13 Reasons Why has been heaped with praise for its compelling storytelling and the complex, taboo issues it tackles.
However, concerns have mounted over the show's depiction of Baker's suicide, including arguments that the show romanticizes it and that the scene itself is far too graphic and even triggering for those who struggle with suicidal thoughts.
Now, Selena Gomez, a co-executive producer on the show, has stepped forward to say her piece.
He also explained that the writers room hoped to show that "suicide isn't a painless escape from problems, as so many people think, but an 'excruciating, violent end to all hopes and dreams." In an interview with the Associated Press, Gomez spoke about the show, its success, and the controversy around it, acknowledging that, given the complex, nuanced subject manner, backlash was pretty much inevitable.
News advocating for the show's messaging and noting how it's broken down taboos to open a wider (and necessary) cultural conversation around an oft-stigmatized subject.