Melissa Lopez-Martinez | Report

Netflix revealed on Monday the trailer for its controversial series 13 Reasons Why, nearly a year after it’s first season premiere. 

The series 13 Reasons Why gained much popularity back in 2017 for its portrayal of harsh topics such as substance abuse, bullying and suicide among teenagers. On Monday, Netflix premiered the trailer for season two.

The show follows the life of Clay Jensen after he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his friend that committed suicide after being bullied. Through the 13 tapes, Baker explains the reasons why and who pushed her to commit suicide.

Many people applauded the series for giving a platform to suicide prevention and allowing those that have experienced similar trauma to express themselves.

However, it also received loads of backlash for those that felt it was “glorifying suicide.”

Netflix produced a warning clip that will play at the beginning of each episode that advises viewers that although the series is fictitious, it is based on real life issues.

The series is based on a novel by American author Jay Asher, who published the book in 2007. Asher was also the executive producer for the first season but was not involved in the second season after the rise of sexual harassment allegations made earlier this year.

Executive producer, and singer Selena Gomez also faced backlash for her role in an upcoming Woody Allen film. Filmmaker Allen has had his own allegations of sexual assault during the early 1990’s and onward.

Stars Dylan Minnette (left) and Katherine Langford (right) seen at the premiere of the series in 2017 with producer Selena Gomez (centre) .

Many fans of both the show and Gomez have expressed their confusion as to why the producer would chose to work alongside Allen, while promoting a series that portrays the harsh reality of sexual assault.

Watch the trailer here.

13 Reasons Why is set to premiere on May 18th, 2018 on Netflix.

Image from Popbuzz. 


Written by Melissa Lopez-Martinez

Melissa Lopez-Martinez is a third year media student at the University of Guelph-Humber.

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