“13 Reasons Why” Does Much More Than Glorify Suicide, Selena Gomez Explained

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Selena Gomez, executive producer of “13 Reasons Why,” a show that covers the aftermath of a high school student’s suicide, is the latest to come out in defense of the show’s subject matter. While “13 Reasons Why” received generally positive reviews, the show has drawn sharp criticism for what some consider its “glorification” of suicide.

In a recent radio interview, Gomez defended the show’s uncompromising depiction of suicide.

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While appearing on the Elvis Duran radio show, Gomez responded to criticism of the show’s subject matter, saying, “I think a lot of that stuff is uncomfortable for people to talk about, but it is happening. Hopefully [the show] will open the door for people to accept what’s happening and actually go and change it.” Gomez also added that in addition to suicide, “13 Reasons Why” covers several important subjects affecting teenagers — mental health, depression, bullying, sexual assault, and substance abuse — which is helping create a national conversation around these issues.

“13 Reasons Why” has been connected to several suicides and suicide attempts among teenagers since its premiere on Netflix.

While the show has achieved critical success, it hasn’t quite escaped controversy, as several suicides around the country have been blamed on the show. As the San Diego Tribune reported, many experts are concerned about how teenagers interpret the show’s message. “The show is out there. Everyone is talking about it,” clinical psychologist Azmaira Maker told the San Diego Tribune. She warned, however, “For one group of teenagers, it can be educational. But for others, it can be a high risk for triggering feelings, thoughts and ideas that may push them to more impulsive actions.”

Gomez also discussed what people can expect from season two of “13 Reasons Why.”

As Entertainment Weekly pointed out, Gomez dropped some hints about what’s in store for season 2 of “13 Reasons Why,” saying:

“In season 2 we’re going to answer a lot of questions, and a lot of resolution with the characters is going to come. We go into the resolution of where these characters are going. I was freaking out about where they were going because it was really encouraging and empowering. We’re going to take a little inspiration from the first, and bring it into the second.”

Check out Gomez’s thoughts on “13 Reasons Why,” starting at the 10:09 mark.

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As of now, no date has been given for the second season for “13 Reasons Why.”

(More: Entertainment Weekly)

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Desus & Mero Crack Up About Carmelo Anthony Possibly Being Mad That Chris Rock Came For His Wife La La On TV


Desus & Mero Crack Up About Carmelo Anthony Possibly Being Mad That Chris Rock Came For His Wife La La On TV

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“I don’t know, but if La La’s interested in going short next time…”

Desus & Mero went in on Chris Rock on their Viceland show after a recent interview Rock did on “The Wendy Williams Show.” Host Wendy Williams asked Chris Rock about meeting La La Anthony, who is currently separated from her NBA star husband, Carmelo Anthony. Mrs. Anthony left the New York Knicks star after he allegedly fathered a child with an exotic dancer. Desus & Mero joked about how much it reportedly pissed off Anthony, who believed Rock was interested in “scoop[ing] up his wife,” according to rumors in the tabloid site The Daily Mail, which Desus & Mero used to hype up the situation. Desus said, “The Daily Mail is not a reputable organization, but that sounds like a ‘Melo text,” before the duo burst out laughing.

Desus & Mero had a ball laughing at the rumors that Carmelo was mad at Chris Rock, and that La La was going to instigate on Instagram.

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Although La La and Carmelo are still married, she was recently spotted at the Met Gala with rings on every finger but *that* one. In the video Desus & Mero showed, Rock says, “If Lala’s interested in going short next time. Lala’s a bad… woo! She’s fire.” Mero had some hilarious commentary on what Rock really meant when he played it off saying “I’m friendly with Carmelo” after Williams asked “Are you friends with Carmelo?” Check out the hilarious clip above.

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