Selena Gomez Defends 13 Reasons Why Over Criticisms Of Its Portrayal Of Teen Suicide
"I feel like if this is what we are going to talk about, we might as well do it in a way that's going to be honest"
13 Reasons Why is officially the most-watched show on Netflix and while it's proved extremely popular with older and younger viewers alike, its gritty portrayal of teen mental health, bullying, sexual assault and ultimately suicide has come under fire from some critics.
But now exec producer Selena Gomez is firing back and explains that while dark, she is glad the show was honest about just how terrible these issues really are.
"The content is complicated, it’s dark and it has moments that are honestly really hard to swallow," Selena said during an interview with Elvis Duran on Z100's The Morning Show on Monday.
"I understood that we were going into something that is difficult, but these kids today are so exposed to things that I would never even have comprehended when I was eight. My cousin teaches third grade and they're doing things and saying things that I couldn't even fathom.
"I feel like if this is what we are going to talk about, we might as well do it in a way that's going to be honest, it's going to be real, and it stays true to the book," she continues.
Ultimately Selena isn't too worried about the criticisms calling out the show for bringing up these issues with its teen audience. She's just happy it's prompting us to talk about mental health, assault and suicide - all issues that are often brushed under the carpet.
"I think that stuff is uncomfortable for people to talk about, but it is happening and hopefully it opened the door for people to actually accept what's happening and actually go and change it, talk about it," she adds.
With season 2 of 13 Reasons Why officially on the table, it just leaves us to wonder exactly how the story will be picked up next time around, and what issues the show hopes to explore once again.
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