A few weeks ago, I was on Selena Gomez’s Instagram (some may call that trolling) page, and I saw her writing most of her captions about a new show called 13 Reasons Why. Selena Gomez recently got out of rehab, and has openly talked about her battle with lupus and mental health issues. I figured I should do some investigating…
so I did. I watched the show, I texted my friends and other teens about 13 Reasons Why, and most importantly, really though about how the show made me felt. As someone who has endured bullying, depression, and an eating disorder, I’ve been through it all. I know what it feels like for your girlfriends to one day push you out of their group. I know what it feels like to eat in a bathroom, to feel alone, and to feel utterly sad.
After I watched the show, I got an email from the editor at Rolling Stone, asking me what I thought about the show. I gave her my thoughts, and she got back to me. She seemed to be on the same page, too, which is something that the teens I talked to didn’t agree with. Did 13 Reasons Why glamorize suicide, because of the drama and attention that game from Hannah Baker’s death?
It was my job, over the past 48 hours, to formulate a kick-ass piece for Rolling Stone. And so I did. I’d love to hear your comments and opinions on the article and show in the comment box below, in my DM’s, or on Twitter. And just know: you’re never alone. You can get through anything you are going through, as long as you start talking.