Thirteen Reasons Why a Television Show Shouldn’t Matter

As you have probably guessed, Thirteen Reasons Why has become the next source of controversy in Netflix history, followed by the Amy Schumer critical comedy failure that has been one of the specific sources for the rating system change, and the Iron Fist debacle on the grounds of whitewashing the main character (even though Danny Raid has in fact been white ever since Iron Fist’s original incantation).

“Thirteen Reasons Why is an irresponsible dramatization of teenage suicide!” cries journalist Neha Shah, this alone has been the complaint of hundreds of people that have already finished the teenage suspense/drama criticizing the show for not providing real solutions for it’s unnerving and terrifying problems that plague Clay and every other character in the show. It has been up for speculation if whether or not the show even deserves the anger and outrage that it’s received along with the praise.

However, it dawned one particularly interesting argument, “Do television shows have to cater to our every single whim?” This was the question that has caused a bit of silence amid all of this chaos, so I decided to give everyone thirteen reasons why it shouldn’t matter what a show does with its material.

Thirteen Reasons Why

  1. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  2. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  3. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  4. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  5. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  6. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  7. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  8. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  9. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  10. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  11. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  12. It’s a television show and it’s not real.
  13. IT IS A TELEVISION SHOW AND IT IS NOT REAL!

Now there is nothing wrong with being so absolutely engrossed in a show and adamantly loving one or even having problems with one and how their issues are being presented. But to dismiss a show as “A celebrator of suicide” or “an unrealistic example of teenage suicide and depression,” is a bit harsh of a statement to make. For those who have suffered through suicidal tendencies and is currently suffering through depression, understand that not only are you not alone, but there are hundreds of thousands of people who understand your pain. Especially the writers, which is why for their more “uncomfortable” episodes, they left a disclaimer right before their darker episodes.

Thirteen Reasons Why is not That Good Anyway

If anything, I would say the show suffers from a lack of substance for its 45-minute episodes, an entire bank filled with unanswered questions, and incredibly pretentious characters. Apathetic however would never be a word that I could use to describe Thirteen Reasons Why. There will always be suicide hotlines to call, there will always be therapist there to listen, and I promise there will always be someone who cares. Also just remember, all it is and all it will ever be is a bestselling novel that became a surprisingly well-done television show despite its faults. Besides, I’m positive there are thirteen reasons why you should look past it and check out the show, I guarantee you it won’t be a disappointment.

About Trevohnn Garner

Trevohnn is a 22 year old college student who lives for writing, singing, and doing as many bizarre things as humanly possible. Uncharted and Marvel Vs. Capcom are the absolute loves of his life, and he hopes one day his writing will influence or change the world. If he could change the life of one person though with his writings, that would be enough for him.

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