I’ve been really busy these past few weeks because of school stuff, but ya girl’s also excited because it’s going to be her last year in college! Despite the tight schedule, I still give myself some time to rest and recharge.
Last week, I finished watching the second season of 13 Reasons Why. This original Netflix series was based from Jay Asher’s book. The first season of this show was released last year, and I was beyond excited that time to see if the show itself will give justice to the book. Well, it did not disappoint. This has to be one of the most controversial shows today, probably because it mainly tackles issues like depression, suicide, bullying, and rape.
This may contain spoilers, so for those who are still watching or are planning to watch it, read at your own risk.
The first season of 13 Reasons Why revolved about Hannah Baker and those people she included in her tapes. Some call Hannah an attention-seeker, or someone who just dragged everyone as her life went downhill. If this is how you depicted her story, then I don’t have a problem with it. Honestly, I have the same thoughts at first, but I then realized how brave she was for calling out those who bullied her. It was not an easy act. It’s not for attention, I mean, who will need it when you’re already dead?
I still can’t understand how other people felt sorry for Hannah’s bullies (Marcus, Bryce, etc.) for bearing the burden of her tapes but not for what they’d done with Hannah.
The thing with Mr. Porter, the school’s guidance counselor, also happens in real life with us barely noticing it. You cannot just tell someone to move on when they’re suffering. The least we can do is to let them know that someone out there’s always ready to listen, without ever making them feel that their own emotions do not matter at all.
Season two of 13RW revealed the details of Hannah’s story in season one. I love this show simply because it’s too real. These are all happening everyday. Some scenes are disturbing, it is true, but the show had done its part when it showed warnings at the start of each episodes that contained such scenes.
13 Reasons Why sends us an important message, which is to be mindful of our own actions. We can either be the bully, or the bullied. But, despite this, it is very important to know that there’s always a third choice. We can stand up for what is right, all the time.
Everything we do is our choice, and our choices will always affect everybody else.
Please, don’t be somebody’s reason why.