The controversial Netflix Series ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ will be getting a season 2, even though the show received harsh criticism. The executive producer actress and singer Selena Gomez has fiercely defended the show from the very start. Gomez has worked tirelessly on the project for the last 6 years and she’s speaking out about the backlash. The majority of the criticism is a result of the graphic violence displayed on the show. The show deals with teen suicide, the critical viewers claim, the show is side stepping the seriousness of mental illness, and is romanticizing death.
The TV show is adapted from the 2007 book written by Jay Asher. Gomez said “We stayed very true to the book and that’s initially what the author Jay Asher created was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story. I think that’s what we wanted to do.” Gomez said she wanted to do the subject matter justice, but she added. It’s a difficult subject, and no matter how it’s done, there will backlash, it’s to be expected she said. The show concentrates on a teenager named, Hannah Baker who committed suicide. After the event 13 notebooks were discovered, the books contain, people, places and things that contributed to Baker’s suicide.
One of Hannah’s close friends is Clay portrayed by actor Dylan Minnette, who has defended the characters and the show. He said on the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ that “The main goal I think, overall is just to start conversations that we think are necessary and to bring these issues to light and to show them in a real way.” Ellen said she thought the reason why the show has appealed to so many people is that everyone experiences some issues that are explored on the show.