There is no easy way to approach the sensitive topics of13 Reasons Why.
Based off Jay Ashers 2007 YA novel, the Netflix show of the same name tackles subjects like suicide, teen bullying and sexual assault, so naturally, the material has beenmet with a bit of backlash and theres definitely a reason why its become so topical as of late.
According to USA Today, TV historian Tim Brooks believes its all due to our digital generation.
In the interview, Brookssaid,
Its not really a new subject, but the amplification of social media has made it more pertinent today than perhaps it was in the past.
The article further stated that schools and mental health professionals have been especially concerned as this trend continues and seemingly glorifies these actions.
ActressKatherine Langford, who plays the shows lead, Hannah Baker who commits suicide has come to the series defense while on The Tonight Show.
While in conversation with Jimmy Fallon, the young actress said,
I think we cover so many important issues in the show that are going to affect people differently depending on their own personal context.
Then, she added her personal spin to the situation and said,
Everyones feelings are valid, so Im not going to tell anyone to feel anything differently.
But personally, being directly involved in the show and seeing the thought and consideration that went into it also being a young adult, playing a young adult and covering issues that are relevant I feel really proud of the way we covered it.
Everyone is definitely going to have different interpretations of the show,and understandably so. From the actors point of view, however, it seems she and her fellow cast mates are just trying to tell the story.
Watch her entire interview here.