’13 Reasons Why’
Netflix‘s 13 Reasons Why may not seem like it has anything to do with geeks, but it does. Throughout the first season, the show dealt with bullying and sexual assault. The bullying in the show is aimed mainly at one of the main characters, Hannah. The sexual assault and rape that happens in the show are graphic and honestly hard to watch. All of this leads to Hannah becoming a victim of suicide. Season 2 goes even further and explores the impact of the bullying, suicide, sexual assault, and rape, and even touches on gun violence.
So What Does This Have to Do With Geeks?
As geeks, most, if not all, of us have been victims of bullying. 13 Reasons Why brings bullying home for many of us. It appears Season 3 will be all about it. The character Tyler Down, played by Devin Druid, experienced the worst of the bullying throughout both seasons, leading up to a very graphic and violent attack and rape in the school’s bathroom. While the extent of Tyler’s bullying and attack doesn’t always happen, it does happen more than we would like to admit.
It Happens All the Time
As geeks, we deal with bullying all the time. We are left angry, confused, depressed, and sad. I think 13 Reasons Why is an important ice breaker to talk about it. We need to be more open about these acts and the feelings that follow. Growing up, I dealt with bullying from many other students who thought I was weird. I grew up obsessed with Star Wars, video games, sci-fi, and movies. I wasn’t big into sports, although I did play. My own teammates made fun of me and no one really ever stood up for me. That is until I became friends with a group similar to those whom Tyler befriends in the show. My life did not follow his path. I was less angry and more depressed. For those who have been down that dark road, you know it’s easy to drown in it.
What Can We Do?
I survived, but many others do not. Many people who are bullied, especially young people, don’t survive their own youth. They get lost. I think as a society, we need to do better. I think what Clay does in the show is a good message and a step towards the right conversations. Whether someone gets angry or depressed, everyone needs someone to tell them that they should live. We who understand what it’s like to be bullied need to embrace those who are being bullied, protect them, and stand up for them. We must teach them better ways to cope and give them a route out of the darkness. 13 Reasons Why is an important show for all of us to start the conversation. It may be hard to watch sometimes, but it is a story based in reality. These things do happen and we can’t keep looking away when they do.
Suicide, self-harm, murder, and drugs are never the answer. They do not stop the pain. All they do is cause more. No matter how hard things get, you have to remember that you matter. You are loved. I love you. We are a community. Just the simple fact that you are reading this includes you into this community. I want you to live. I want you to thrive. We don’t know what the future hold for us, but we have the ability to move forward. It’s not always easy, but we can do it. You can get through this. I believe in you and I love you.
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