It's no secret that since its release on March 31, Netflix's 13 Reasons Why has sparked conversation - while many are praising it for getting people to have important discussions about heavy issues like rape, bullying and suicide, there's also those who feel that the tapes Hannah leaves behind blaming her classmates glorify suicide, and that the show could potentially be triggering for some people who have dealth with these things in real life.
Our show @13reasonswhy came out tonight and I couldn't be more overwhelmed with pride and joy. After 7 years of holding onto this book, I couldn't of picked a better time for this message to exist. Jay Asher wrote a beautifully tragic, compelling story and we were lucky to have brought it to life. Thank you to every single soul that put their heart into this passion project
Up until now, Selena Gomez, who was one of the show's executive producers, has kept quiet about some of the controversy surrounding the show - but on Friday, she finally offered her response to some of the backlash 13 Reasons Why has experienced.
"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 at an event Friday. "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."
No matter how you feel about this show, it's at the very least a step in the right direction when it comes to bringing up sensitive topics that we need to be having conversations about. As for another season? When asked, Selena could only offer a "maybe," meaning it's not totally out of the question.