Netflix’s hit TV series, 13 Reasons Why, is a show like no other. It addresses mental health and suicide in a way that has been harsh to some and appreciated by others, resulting in a mix of love and hate from its captive audience.
The series raised a few concerns among viewers, with many commenting it romanticises suicide. However, producers have said the purpose of the show was to shine the light on an all-too-real and important issue that exists in our world today.
As we know (or at least 13 Reasons Why fans will know) Selena Gomez took on the role as an Executive Producer for the series and has been heavily involved in the development of the project for a few years now.
'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,' Gomez told the Associated Press. '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.'
Selena explained that she hoped the series would help teens to start talking about important issues to create awareness.
'I believed in the project for so long and I understood what the message was,' she told E!. 'I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused—but in a way that they would talk about it because it's something that's happening all the time. So, I'm overwhelmed that's it's doing as well as it's doing.'
Shut it down, Selena!
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