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13-reasons-why-netflix-01-1200x800I can't believe I'm writing this post.

First, because I am in no way recommending the new Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why. From beginning to end, the show is saturated in sin, stark and unrelenting--incessant swearing, physical violence, sexual assault, drug use, alcohol abuse, stalking, voyeurism, pornography, bullying, sexual experimentation, rape, verbal abuse of the vilest variety, and a graphic depiction of suicide. "Trigger warnings" don't do the show justice. Please do not misconstrue my writing about this show as a recommendation for anyone--adult or child--to watch.

Second, because the subject of this show is painfully personal to me. My best friend growing up and next-door-neighbor for several years killed himself when we were 16. I say "killed himself" here because verbs like "took" or "ended" his life soften the blow in ways that do not do justice to the deed. There may be other places where I would write or speak with softer language, but not here, not when I want to warn about a show that depicts suicide in a destructive manner.

Teenage suicide is not a statistic to me. It isn't something that happened to an acquaintance once upon a time. I never joined in the superficial outpouring of grief for a "fallen classmate" the way some of the students do in 13 Reasons Why. The emotions I feel after 20 years are still profound. My friend's decision snatched me out of the innocence of childhood and set me face-to-face with the dragon of death in all its ferociousness.

Why write about 13 Reasons Why then? Because several readers asked me to address it, and my middle-school son had friends who were talking about it at school and church. As a writer and a pastor, I feel compelled to step into this space and to issue the strongest warning I can muster about this series. There is a reason why New Zealand has banned anyone younger than 18 from watching the show without a parent, and why Canadian schools are banning students from even discussing the show.

13 Reasons Why is deceptive and destructive.

A Story Arc Toward Suicide

To be fair, it is clear that the people who made this series wanted to convince teenage viewers that actions have consequences, that bullying can hurt others and lead to despair. The show wants people to take certain sins seriously: the objectification of young women, the invasion of privacy, sexual assault and the temptation to cover it up, as well as failing to believe the victim of rape. In order to heighten the seriousness of these sins, 13 Reasons Why shocks the viewer with its gruesome display of high school depravity, and the many forms of guilt and shame that arise in a social media-saturated, sexual revolution-fueled society. When the show delves occasionally into sermonizing, it becomes clear that the writers want young viewers to treat others with respect.

But it is also clear, at least to me and to a growing number of psychologists and mental health experts, that 13 Reasons Why will lead to more suicide, not less. Already, we are hearing warnings from various experts on teen suicide, and we are likely to see a rash of suicide attempts throughout the country.

I am not surprised. 13 Reasons Why is a hopeless show whose story arc climaxes with suicide. Viewers who resonate with the main character, Hannah, will imagine their own journey as moving inexorably to the grave, enticed by a fantasy of revenge against those who've disappointed them. In trying to fight bullying, this show lifts up suicide. It gives the main character a noble way out, a martyrdom of sorts, a tragic but glamorous finale (displayed in graphic detail) that goes against virtually every best practice for addressing suicide responsibly.

I cannot overstate how destructive this message is.

I cannot overstate how enticing it will be for those who are bullied to imagine a scenario in which they can turn the tables and emotionally destroy their classmates.

Most people think that 13 Reasons Why is about a group of teenagers, who in their selfish actions and inaction, are responsible for killing a fragile young girl. No. This is a show about how a girl, beyond the grave, kills her classmates. It is not only about physical suicide, but also about emotional murder. Hannah's revenge has a deadening effect on everyone left behind, even those who, while morally reprehensible, are hardly guilty for her ultimate action.

G. K. Chesterton once remarked that suicide is "the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world." I've always believed that Chesterton's remark on suicide is unfair and exaggerated, since most suicides come at the end of significant mental anguish and unrelenting despair, not as a rebellious decision to refuse to see the good in the world.

But after watching 13 Reasons Why, I see Chesterton's point, because this particular suicide is indeed a "wiping out" of the people who caused her pain. He was wrong to generalize all suicide in this way, but 13 Reasons Why is also wrong to give the impression that teen suicide is driven by a revenge fantasy. It is rare that the emotional desire for revenge drives suicidal thoughts, and to portray suicide in this way is deceptive and dangerous.

Suicide in a Toxic Culture of Shame

Furthermore, despite the show's intent to raise awareness of how bullying may affect students, many of the self-destructive choices that set the course for this culture of despair are never questioned. It's as if the show's producers think we can have all the perceived benefits of the sexual revolution (which blesses any kind of consensual sexual activity) without this leading to the objectification of women. Or as if we can have drugs and alcohol as a mainstay of the teenage years without creating the atmosphere for car accidents, beatings, and rape to flourish in the drunken darkness.

And what about the young girls in our society who have made bad choices on social media or with their friends, whose regrets are at least in part due to their own sinful choices? What do you do when the bullies and haters are, in part, right about the reputation of the girl they mock? Are the guilty girls not worthy of love? Megan Basham writes:

Throughout, the story takes pains to emphasize that Hannah's reputation as the school slut is wholly manufactured. But what if it wasn't? What if, as a lonely, hurting girl, she'd actually done some of the things that sully her reputation? Would her suicide be less tragic? Would she be less deserving of . . . love and friendship? By consistently underlining Hannah's virginity and victimhood, 13 Reasons Why seems to suggest she would.

A Godless World

The outlook of 13 Reasons Why is bleak, even with its moralizing tone. Viewers find nothing transcendent. Nothing outside this present world. No appeal to what is true, good, and beautiful, but merely "my truth" or "your truth" in terms of convenience.

God receives a single mention, and the Catholic Church is described with swearing. Beyond this, there is no beyond. There is only this world. There is only the immediate horizon. No one wrestles with heaven or hell--not even the pale secularized hope of "being in a better place." The world of 13 Reasons Why is utterly godless, from start to finish, which is why it is also hopeless.

None of the students can find a place for their sins to be atoned for, even though the confession of sin and the desire for relief from guilt comes into view again and again.

  • On the passing around of explicit photos, "we are all guilty," Hannah says. "We all look."
  • On the supposed decency of the "good kids," Clay says, "maybe there are no good kids."
  • On regret for doing wrong and trying to avoid the consequences, "Someone has to know what we did."

The teens in 13 Reasons Why are plagued by guilt, and not just because of one girl's suicide, but also because of the toxicity of a culture that ignores injustice and buries shame under layers of self-preservation. Guilt turns into internal bleeding that pools underneath the skin, with no release until several of the main characters make decisions that lead to literal bloodshed. The wages of sin is death.

13 Reasons Why compounds a problem it is trying to fix, perhaps because it has no eternal solution to offer. For those who have entertained thoughts of suicide or who have friends who know the darkness of this despair, hope remains. But it will not be found on Netflix.

The Church’s Challenge

The challenge for Christians is to take a good look at the message we promote and the culture we create.

Will we be faithful to provide a countervailing message--that our sins are indeed real and that we are indeed guilty, but also that Christ is precious and that his blood was shed so that his life can be ours?

Will the church be an oasis of faith, hope, and love in a world of doubt, despair, and hatred?

In an increasingly judgmental world of social media abuse and bullying, can the church be the place where grace is extended?

Grace--that crazy, powerful, table-turning undeserved favor from God that wins the battle against guilt and shame. Grace, greater than all our sin, even suicide.

Because of grace, there is always hope.


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29 thoughts on ““13 Reasons Why” Is Deceptive and Destructive”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Thank you. Could you/TGC make the Spanish translation of this post a priority? The teens in our Christian school in the Dominican Republic are already watching it and all abuzz; their parents and teachers desperately need a discussion resource.

    1. Pamela Whitmire says:

      I am so tired of people berating this show. Obviously they are people that never experienced what Hannah does. High school is horrible and children’s behavior is constantly justified, but their is never an excuse for bullying. It doesn’t matter whether or not she did those things–the bullying is the issue and teenagers have that group mentality. If one attacks–all attacks. This show never claimed to be a Christian show, so why bring that into it. Yes, Christ is the answer, but that is not what the show is about. Maybe someone could make a sequel that brings the saving grace of Christ into the equation. I saw the show as simply exposing the horrors of high school bullying. This needs to be exposed. Kids need to realize the consequences of there actions. I found the show very profound. It was good to see this behavior exposed for once for what it is–horrible and evil, my hope is that this show will have teenagers asking the right questions and seeking help. It is the churches responsibility now to respond and make sure that source of help is available. Now is the time for the church to get involved instead of passing the buck of blame on the creators of this profound show.

      1. Steve McSteverson says:

        I honestly don’t think you really understood what Trevin’s main objection to the show is. Try rereading it and hear what he is saying instead of just defensively reacting against “bashing”. You like how the show exposes bullying, but ignore Trevin’s points about how this show could lead to suicides. I get that you think this show contains good medicine, but you should probably stop and actually listen if someone’s making a good case that there’s also some poison in that pill.

        1. Emily says:

          This show was released a month ago. Where’s the proof that it will lead to more suicides? I think the big point that is missed here in this article is that the show obviously shows the effect Hannah’s suicide has had in her family and Clay in particular. Her mom found her in the bathtub. That’s terrifying and it left her parents divided and hurting. I think there is no proof as to whether or not this show increases suicide. It might reduce suicide by showing kids what they will leave behind. Also I am a Christian but no where did this show claim to be Christian. We may know that Christ is the answer,but not everyone does. The majority of high school students aren’t religious of any kind. Kids bully and talk bad on each other all the time, even at private schools. I’m a high schooler right now and I’ve witnessed most of the things Hannah experienced in person. It’s easy to make judgements when you aren’t in the situation and I’m sorry if I offend you but a Christian middle aged male should not be speaking bad about this show. As a female I’ve been the recipient of hurtful comments and I’ve heard many more through the years. High school has changed dramatically in the last few years and I know my parents don’t understand it anymore. So Im sorry but I think this show is important and powerful and sometimes our society needs a hard wake up call and this show provides it.

          1. Sara says:

            I work in an inpatient mental health facility for children and teenagers and I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that successful teen suicides/attempted suicides in our area have definitely increased since this show has become known.

          2. Jeremy says:

            Maybe the Christian middle-aged male has been there done that already. His friend killed himself when they were in high school. What more qualification does he need?

      2. Samantha Lyons says:

        Thank you, dear sister, for your insight. As a born again Christian and date rape survivor I believe our heartfelt ministry sometimes is to lovingly say “I’ve been through this too and I want to help”. At 54 years old this series DID open old wounds. But, frankly, the dialog and discussions playing out across the country are opening eyes and hearts. What happened to Jessica in Tape 9 was my life in 1977. If only we talked about these things then. If only. If only I’d known a Christian in whom I could confide. If only I’d known someone who could say they’d been there. Dialog, talking about things, asking questions, love, hugs, prayers…yeah, if only.

  2. DCal3000 says:

    Thank you for writing this article. Please bear with me as I explain why I appreciate it so much. Last year and for part of this year, I became extremely cynical about the Gospel Coalition and its Internet allies (such as the Reformed African-American Network). Repeatedly, it seemed as though the blog posts were bitter discussions as to which American voters were the dumbest or most sinful. Other discussions, meanwhile, threw around accusations as to which shades of skin color enjoy the most privilege and who suffers the most microaggressions. In still other discussions, it seemed as though blog authors basked in intellectual debates over issues such as tithing, without realizing that the outcome of those debates have real-world effects. It all seemed so arrogant and so academic. Such debates, of course, are needed, and I hope they continue. Indeed, I admit that some of my cynicism is no doubt due to my own spiritual weakness. But at the same time, the sheer quantity of such debates began to take on the appearance of mocking laypeople and ignoring their daily struggles.

    This article, on the other hand, is a welcome contrast that almost drew out my tears. First, it is clear. There are no academic word games. The Netflix show in question could lead to more suicides, and that, without qualification, is a problem. Second, the article is merciful. The suicide of the sinner is no less tragic than the suicide of the saint. Mr. Wax and the authors he quotes exude respect for the sacredness of life that God established at Creation. Third, the article is loving. Here, there is no mockery of laypeople and their foolish struggles. Instead, the article addresses issues that the unwashed masses such as myself face every day.

    After all, many of us have little time to go to national Bible conferences, quibble over which social demographic is qualified to speak on which issue, then sing kumbaya and come back home to tell those less fortunate how spiritually refreshed we are. Instead, we wonder whether we will pass the next exam, die of cancer, lose our job, be able to support our families. We struggle with sins that our pastors laugh at while watching the latest sitcom. We lock our doors at night wondering if someone will try to break in. We learn that a fellow church member has blown his or her brains out. In short, we struggle through the joys and sorrows of life. At times over the last year, I have wondered whether many writing for the Gospel Coalition cared. This article has helped to renew my faith that they do. I cannot see in to Mr. Wax’s heart, but the emotion with which he wrote here appeared to me to demonstrate the love of Christ and the hope of the Gospel.

  3. Amy Mantravadi says:

    My sister is a high school teacher. They have recently had two students attempt suicide. Both were watching this show. I’m sure that viewing this was not the only reason they did what they did, but I doubt it helped.

  4. Michael says:

    From what I know about the show, we must steer clear for blaming it for any teen suicide that comes after watching it. The show itself is guilty of blaming the character’s suicide on everyone else except her. Ultimately, we all stand in judgment and won’t be able to blame our sin on a television show or a bully. Our sin is always our fault.

  5. Jose Lopez says:

    First time viewing this blogosphere. I can here based on a call from my son’s middle school, like may other schools around the nation, seeking advisement on this crucial topic. I very much appreciate the tone and content of this article. It does a great job of grounding this serious issue within our faith, of which I needed a reminder.

    While I certainly may not wholely agree with all that was written, I will now use my faith to help guide the actions I now take and the methods I use to discuss this issue. I specifically mean the issue of this series on Netflix. I am upset with Netflix for their actions. I will note that they do have a point that teen suicide is an issue that needs to be revealed from the dark corners of coverup and disregard. However, I firmly believe that Netflix is terribly negligent in forcing he conversation in such a dark and sensationalist fashion. If even one teen suicide is found to have been even slightly pushed by this series then that is an egregious sin by Netflix and all involved in its production.

    That being said, this has been forced on us and I will be watching the series so that I am informed and better prepared to address this topic and show with my kids. I grew up in the 80s and 90s so I am very aware of the incorrect choice made by many responsible adults to simply ignore or ban pop culture for our kids. Because as a teen I always found a way if I truly wanted to disobey, what’s more is that kids today don’t have to work as hard to find out information or disobey. As such, the only issue I have with this article is in the beginning which seems to indicate that we, as Christians, should ignore and or ban this movie. To be sure, my 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter will not be allowed to watch it. But I will be watching it because, as I’m sure many parent know with regard to YouTube and that minefield, our kids are hearing about this stuff and in particular this show at school. I feel it is imperative that we as parents, and as Christians, find the strength to watch this series and then have productive discussions with our kids, informed by our faith, so that our kids aren’t exposed to just the information from dark perspectives.

    Again, thanks for the article and the reminder that our faith indeed had a message regarding this very issue. Now it is our job to make sure that His message is heard and understood as well!

    1. Tracie White says:

      I agree with you. It was forced upon us. BUT, teens are watching it in droves. We must be able to dialogue and it is a wonderful opportunity to use it for good because so many people are watching it.

  6. Brenda says:

    There are so many messages in this show. And unfortunately true and real scenarios are shown, no matter how much one wants to not believe it. The author of this blog stated he had a friend/classmate that took their life, but I am curious, does he know why they took their life? Was it because of something in the persons life that became to overwhelming, something like abuse from someone else, their own sins, or something deeper like mental illness? If the author doesnt know how could he possibly know the truth? To discount what some did to that girl in the movie is beyond reprehensible and is actually irresponsible, as if you watched the show, that is exactly what the school counselor did when she went to him about the rape. How dare you say the suicide victim not lay blame on the rapist. Have you ever been raped? There is no doubt that taking her life is on her, but I wonder what would of happened if she didnt, would anyone ever look at their sin or bullying, would anyone ever be held accountable for their actions? These things happen in the real world. And if you don’t believe that suicide happens “out of revenge” you are totally wrong, and you have never been there, you have never felt like your life didn’t matter, furthermore you have never felt so betrayed that maybe if you ended your life they others would see their own sin. Suicide is selfish, but we all are a bit selfish in how we think, act and treat others. I am sorry you see this show as so destructive, but it is real, and sometimes the truth is scary. Sometimes looking at ourselves is too much. I am no expert on it, except I lived it, I watched my father shoot himself in the head at 7 years old. I was sexually abused after my father died, I attempted suicide many times, I abused drugs and alcohol, and only by the Grace of God I am still here to tell you about it, to tell you that yes Suicide is destructive, its devastating, and this show brings the ugly out. I am not afraid to watch it with my child, we need to have these discussions. We need to learn how to love everyone and not be afraid to show that, we need to learn that we dont get to treat others badly and not have consequences.

    1. Steve McSteverson says:

      Just because this show means something to you and expresses something true, doesn’t mean it’s a healthy way to deliver that truth. That’s the key issue here. No one is trying to sweep these issues back under the rug. We just want to find a way to talk about them that doesn’t glorify suicide.

      1. Arthur says:

        I get your point. I get the whole post point. Yet, I feel that most Christians don’t get the point of the show. Even the “professionals” don’t get it.

        The real question everyone should be asking is “what can I do to love these people.”

      2. Brenda says:

        I am curious what is “healthy” about suicide, or what is “healthy” “truth”? That is the problem with the show, everyone will get different messages from it, some may agree and some may not. However in my opinion, being a survivor, and I guess it does mean something to me, it does bring out truth, and if suicide was a health choice we wouldnt be having this discussion at all.

      3. Brenda says:

        You see it as Glorification, I see it as truth. Suicide is not “healthy”, if it was we wouldnt be having this conversation.

    2. Sean H says:

      Brenda – I am sorry for your past but so grateful for your present and your future. As somebody who came from the world and entered into a relationship with God I have often watched those who grew up in the church, their views of sin and have often struggled with the PG13 regard to being a christian. I think your post is right and and wanted to say thank you for writing it.

  7. LoneStarMama says:

    Thank you for writing this. This show is so tragic on many levels. I’m disappointed in the christians that keep recommending this and talking about what “great conversations” we can have with our kids about how bad bullying, rape is. Should I also sit down with my kids and watch porn so we can talk about how destructive and awful it is? Makes no sense. I have a child that struggles with cutting, suicidal thoughts etc. We have had a very difficult year. She doesn’t need to watch graphic scenes of rape and suicide. I weep for kids like my daughter who will watch this and be impacted negatively. There is no hope portrayed in this series whatsoever.

    1. Momma says:

      Dear Lone Star Mama,
      I understand your pain, as I have one too. Take a look at Mercy Multiplied Ministries. Praying for you and your daughter. Blessings from one momma to another. :)

  8. Eric Major says:

    “But it is also clear, at least to me and to a growing number of psychologists and mental health experts, that 13 Reasons Why will lead to more suicide, not less. Already, we are hearing warnings from various experts on teen suicide, and we are likely to see a rash of suicide attempts throughout the country.” – – – Could you please provide some citations for these kinds of claims? As much as I loved this article, those who are not believers in my life will not care much about a Christian blogger talking on this issue.

    1. DCal3000 says:

      I will refrain from posting links on a blog/website that is not my own, but after seeing your comment, I was curious as to the extent of the debate over the show. Through a quick search of Google News, I found that the debate is quite extensive and is being covered in numerous major news publications around the country. One article from the Washington Post even noted that the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has issued a cautionary note about the series. I do not know anything about the NASP, but apparently, the concerns that the culture at large has about the 13 Reasons Why match some (but not all) of the concerns the Christian community has.

  9. Matt says:

    Excellent, thanks!

  10. Anon says:

    If a teenager attempts suicide after watching a show, then they already had that in mind. We can’t blame shows for people’s decisions. “13 Reasons Why” shows us exactly the reasons why a teen would be driven to suicide. I agree that some of the first couple of episodes are sort of silly revenge plots, but once you get deeper into it, you see the people that care about Hannah–her family, Clay, Tony, etc. She even goes to get help and isn’t helped because the school counselor isn’t good at his job. Maybe this can show people the aftermath of their decision and how much they will be missed. Maybe people can be nicer to other people. Maybe teens can see that if one person seems like they don’t care, then go to another person…don’t be afraid. The truth is that Hannah developed depression and that can’t be treated unless you ask for help. I would know.

  11. Sean H says:

    This is what I just posted on Facebook:
    I just finished watching a series on Netflix called 13 reasons why
    a friend recommended it to me weeks ago and i have been watching here and there. A week ago my teenage daughter told me of stories of it being banned from discussion at some schools in Canada. My teenage daughter told me that she read the books and watched the series, she was interested that I was interested in it.
    I read a post a couple days ago blaspheming the movie, talking about all the moral issues, the article gave some credit to the creators and what they were trying to do, but said that people should not be watching this, should not let their kids watch it that there was severe psychological issues. Then I read the comments, it was almost a (us verses them) either this side or that side.
    As a christian man, husband, father & friend who has been walking in faith for 18 years here is my thought (grateful) thank you to the creators and netflix for showing me something i needed to be reminded of, for some of us Highschool was hard and today for some it still is, one of my three kids is out, one just started and another will be there in a handful of years, we live in a broken world, we always have and the bible says we always will, it is my place to love my wife, love my children and to love my neighbor and as i come closer to Christ I hope that the boulders i once wanted to heep on other people have become small pebbles or nothing at all.
    I was thinking of the original movie Footloose, a small town puts a ban on music because it promotes all sorts of bad behavior, in the end they had prom in the next town over.
    I am not going to be banning any discussion in my home, I am not going to be banning any movies and I hope with all my hearts my children will always feel a place in my home and not want to be in the next town over because I made them feel like they were not christian enough for my home.
    I watched all 13 episodes and I didn’t see anything that I would not have found in a horror movie, an r rated movie or even most PG13 movies these days, I found what is probably more the truth than anything I have seen and I think if Jesus was right here right now walking among us in the flesh He would be closer to this movie then not.
    this is not a copy and paste, but as I watched the final 10 minutes once it was over I felt compelled to say something in its defense.

  12. Helena Davey says:

    I appreciate Trevin’s points but I disagree with a lot of them. He’s talking far too subjectively. He’s obviously angry with his friend who committed suicide. He claims that the show is Godless and that it is deceptive and that he wouldn’t recommend that Christians, particularly young Christians, should be watching it. Actually I think all those things are exactly why Christians should be watching it and then discussing it. Suicide, mental health and the depravity that ultimately comes with it should be talked about in an open and non-judgemental forum.. As for its Godlessness, yes it is; but no more than other shows like Billions or Game of Thrones. It never claims to have a religious undertone. That doesn’t mean it’s not a useful tool for Christians. Speaking as a teacher I can say with certainty that this is exactly what High School culture is like; in this country and in the US. Parents and others need to face up to this reality and then take measures to look out for the teenagers in their care. As Christians we can talk about this show with our young people. We don’t have to dismiss it because God isn’t mentioned. That’s the reality. We live in a Godless world. High School students like Hannah don’t have God in their lives when they make these decisions. He makes a point that the character ultimately commits suicide out of revenge. He is wrong. She does it because she is mentally ill. Revenge and blame are merely symptoms. This needs to be talked about too. If we are prepared to do this as Christians then I think this show gives us a wonderful opportunity to share the hope that Jesus brings with our young people. By merely shutting it down and dismissing it, this guy is playing into all the preconceived ideas about Christians that teenagers (and the rest of society) have. I for one want to teach my daughter that it is safe and ok to talk when life isn’t good. Watching shows like this is helpful in that respect. As for it glorifying suicide – I couldn’t disagree more. I think we severely underestimate young people if we worry about copycat suicides. There is more going on than them just watching a controversial show. It’s up to parents and educators to break down the barriers and find out what those reasons are.

  13. Tori Grant says:

    Yes, I agree, this show is not fit for viewing. Yes, this show uses all the current social concerns of bullying, rape, violence, drug use, suicide in the emotionally intense world of the secular, post-modern, high-school student to hook viewers into watching it. . Megan Bashan writes in her WOLRD article :”And that brings us to one facet of modern life that isn’t present in 13 Reasons Why. No one—not school administrators, not students, and certainly not any of the parents—professes any sincere faith or religious conviction. Strangely, given the subject matter, the nature of the soul or the possibility of eternity never even comes up.”
    Netflix is in the business of making money via entertainment, I am a follower of Jesus, and I’ve quit expecting corporate, secular businesses to exhibit or promote any of the concerns Megan points out. It’s similar to expecting Starbucks to use “Merry Christmas” as a religious greeting during December. If the focus of “13 Reasons” is revenge via suicide in the context of a irreligious/immoral culture I wouldn’t expect the show to consider the ideas of eternity, the eternal nature of the soul, or the hope of the resurrection.

  14. Why says:

    I can’t make you understand how it felt to be me, Hannah said. I guess its true. What Hannah did to herself and the classmates are not right. But those bad kids would never understand how bad their behaviour was. They will grow up and keep hurting other people. Its not right to commit suicide. But Hannah’s simple death won’t teach those bad kids that how awful they treated Hannah. It is just a TV show. Of course there are kids like Hannah who are suffering from bullying. What are the people doing to help those kids? Some teachers are even corrupted. Justin said we are bullet proof because Alex’s Dad is a cop, no body can touch those bad kids. The society is like this. Hard to find justice. I am not supporting what Hannah did is right. But those bad kids suffering from what Hannah did to them are not worthy of my pity. There should be someone there for Hannah. She shouldn’t have lost hope to live. Those bad kids were born to have a evil heart, they are selfish. Nothing can make them understand what they did was horrible. They would only understand if they became the victims. I know author u think what Hannah did is wrong, I agree. But those bad kids deserve to be blamed more than Hannah. If Hannah was your daughter, how would u deal with it? Just by patiently talking to those bad kids asking them to stop bullying your daughter? I don’t think the bad kids would listen. I was bullyed at school, my mum talked to my teacher about it, my teacher talked to the guys who bully me in class. After the class, the guys came talk to me and say that stop asking your mum to talk to the teacher, they said you are so dead, we will make you suffer. I was threatened. But thank god im still alive. I did feel hopeless in my childhood. But at least i believed my life would be better, there will be time when i leave those bad people. Those bad kids are like worms in the society. They will never feel sorry, after they grow up, they will keep hurting others.

  15. Bernard says:

    Hello everyone. Am a Kenyan and I do really support the author reason being, the series is kind of educational and its a challenge to the school administration,the church and the parents to be concerned about the welfare of the students in high schools. I once went through a hard time in high school and I felt like I could take my own life or stop schooling once and for all but thanks to God I found a way out. I support the series.

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