Pageant Question About “13 Reasons Why”
Today’s Pageant Question of the Day is: The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has received heavy criticism for its depictions of rape and suicide. What is your opinion about such graphic depictions?
Why this question was asked: It is important to keep up with current trending topics and be able to articulate opinions about them.
This is how some of our Instagram followers answered the question:
Amanda (stitchqueen_amandavs): The reality is that the subject of the series is graphic. To break through people’s perceptions and make a difference, the series must be true to life. Too many programs sugar coat and glorify suicide and rape by making them seem less harmful than they are. I applaud the producers for keeping their depictions as true to life as possible.
Kaitlyn (kaitlyndimples): TV shows and movies’ depictions should be graphic. As someone who has been a victim of rape and has tried to commit suicide, I have always found Hollywood to portray these subjects too lightly. The first thing I realized after my incident was that it is never like the movies. It is sad how we have to wait for a show like “13 Reasons Why” to come around to finally make people understand how gruesome rape and suicide are. We could prevent suicides and make people understand rape better if Hollywood would portray the reality of the situations instead of sugarcoating them.
Alexandria (alexandriakelly96): I think that what they showed and how they depicted it is SO necessary. Why would they shy away from hard-hitting subjects like these that are occurring heavily every day? It did its job. This should be graphic and this should be shown in its entirety. If you watch “Beyond the Reasons” after finishing the show as well, you will get all of the answers. This is necessary and real. I think they did an amazing job.
Our favorite answers:
Alex (alexuihlein): I have no problem with the show being graphic – rape and suicide are realities that many people live with every day. What I have a problem with is how the show portrays suicide as something the person uses for revenge or to guilt others. As someone with a mental illness and who has suffered from suicidal thoughts, that could not be further from the truth for the vast majority of those who deal with suicide. For the most part, suicide is used as a way to finally escape the everyday pain that the sufferer is facing. We don’t contemplate suicide to hurt others – we do it to finally end our own hurt. The way the show portrays suicide is very dangerous for those who know nothing about mental illness and further stigmatizes those who live with suicidal thoughts or actions.
Kelsey (kbaile): I think the show is incredible and I am so happy that these topics are being shown and discussed. Having struggled with mental illness myself, I feel like it is so important to depict a show in which a similar story is told. These subjects have been taboo in our classrooms and in our conversations. If we had been educated as children then these instances might be rarer and we would at least be better equipped to deal with the situation. The series had scenes that were hard to watch, and they should be. We shouldn’t shy away from rape and suicide. We need to stand up against sexual abuse, stand up when we see the signs of struggle and be there for our friends and peers.
Two answers were chosen to reflect the way that people with differing opinions can develop equally well-worded answers with meaningful, personal reasoning. (Read: Pageant Question About A Challenge in Your Life)
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