Another Netflix series is making waves, hailed as “the best show in years” by Forbes. With Selena Gomez as Executive Producer, it has been widely acclaimed as necessary to fight bullying among young people.
A very concerned mother and member of my audience reached out to me a couple weeks ago warning me about the dangerously graphic nature of this popular series.
Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, “13 Reasons Why,” starring Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette, depicts the persecutors of young Hannah each discovering tapes left behind for them prior to her suicide. The storyline follows the journeys of the recipients as the tapes explain to them the role they played in Hannah’s death, with the exception of Clay, Hannah’s boyfriend and sex partner, who receives a tape not because he aided in her psychological demise, but to “explain.”
The series is fraught with rape, homosexual sex, masturbation, drunken parties, emotional cruelty, sexual scenes, and even graphic depiction of teen suicide. Many claim that the book “sheds light on a dark subject in an interesting way.” But others are sounding a strong warning alarm!
Dan Reidenberg, executive director for the nonprofit Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, told ABC News the show does “more harm than good.” And the National Association of School Psychologists issued a warning against “vulnerable youth” watching the popular show.
The series is overly graphic and disturbing, showing the defiling details of sexual promiscuity and suicide. And do you seriously think that because the Netflix series is rated TV-MA (for mature audiences only) teens aren’t going to devour it?? The book off of which the Netflix series is based, is listed in the Young Adult Bestseller list. Did you read that? Young Adult! Really? A book displaying every form of teenage immorality and predatorism imaginable, a book in which the gory suicide of its protagonist is the long-awaited climax…is a Young Adult Bestseller?! Parents, you’d better make sure you know what your kids are watching and reading! And be warned that they very well may sneak and watch it behind your back if you don’t have their devices protected in a way that prevents it.
Is this what we’ve come to? In order to deter youth from a particular behavior, we now have to graphically depict said behavior on television? Graphic rape on screen? Graphic suicide on screen? What’s next? Graphic pedophilia on screen? (After all, we have to show it to discourage it, right?) No you don’t have to show dangerous behavior to deter young people from it!! Graphically depicting sex and rape and suicide is immoral in and of itself!
I am asking you Mama Bears…imploring you…please don’t let your kids watch this series or read this book! Mark my words! Kids will act out these dramatized behaviors in real life. You can educate them on the dangers of sexual immorality and bullying without exposing them to such a defiling depiction of debauchery and whoredom. This series has no place in our homes!
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Heed this video warning from a mom who has watched the whole series, and please share this article to warn others.
Please stop what you’re doing and click on this Netflix post and ask them to remove “13 Reasons Why” from their programming!