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Selena Gomez Responds to Criticism of '13 Reasons Why'

Selena Gomez Responds to Criticism of '13 Reasons Why'

Selena Gomez is speaking out following criticism of her hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

The 24-year-old actress, who produced the series, has been facing backlash from some mental health organizations who say the show “glamorizes suicide.”

“We stayed very true to the book, and that’s initially what [author] Jay Asher created was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story and I think that’s what we wanted to do,” she told the Associated Press.

Selena added, “We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, [the backlash is] gonna come no matter what. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing.”

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  • Gina

    Her response is as generic as she is.

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  • bea

    The problem with 13 Reasons Why isn’t that it talks about a sensitive subject. The problem is that it talks about a sensitive subject in a disrespectful and totally unrealistic way. Someone who kills herself simply doesn’t become a symbol for change. Someone who wants to kill herself wouldn’t have the energy to record tapes listing the reasons that drove her to suicide. And (this is what I never understood about the story) someone suicidal rarely blames others, they blame themselves for whatever’s happened to them.

  • Angela

    1. Someone who wants to kill herself wouldn’t have the energy to record tapes listing the reasons that drove her to suicide.

    2. Someone suicidal rarely blames others, they blame themselves for whatever’s happened to them

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    may I know the source? Thx

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  • Naynay

    I think the main problem is that they treated the subject like any other subject. I’m an adult and watching that show was fine but there were moments when I thought to myself, i would never let my kid watch that, it’s so hard to watch at some points, like the rape scenes were very ‘in your face” like you shoot a sex scene, the bullying was very blatant, and most importantly the suicide scene is extremely graphic and shot like a normal scene. I think the intentions behind the show were good but the realization was completely off in some parts

  • Danae

    Given that she herself underlines in every single interview her problems with mental health, you’d think she would be more compassionate towards people fighting such disorders. From her point of view, the more fuss it causes, the more profitable it gets, and she isn’t really trying to hide it.

  • Susan D. Zacher

    The suicide researcher, David Phillips, coined the term, “The Werther Effect,” to refer to the phenomenon of copycat suicides. The result of Phillips’ research from the 1970’s was the recommendation that stories about suicide not be placed on the front page of newspapers.

  • Susan D. Zacher

    Among 12- to 13-year-olds, being exposed to a classmate’s suicide was associated with being five times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (PDF) in 2013.

  • Susan D. Zacher

    Yep she refuses to address what the concern is.