The main (and most popular) argument claims that the show, which centers on a girl who committed suicide, "glorifies" the idea of killing yourself for young viewers. Aside from sparking conversation, some Canadian schools have gone so far as to warn parents on the show's plot and possible suicide trigger warnings.
Gomez, however, is standing by the show she executive produced. “We stayed very true to the book and that’s initially what Jay Asher created, was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story, and I think that’s what we wanted to do," she explained. "We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, that’s going to come no matter what. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing. I’m overwhelmed. I’m very proud of it.”
Specifically, the show tells the story of a young girl who delivers messages leading up to her suicide story. Though somewhat graphic and, of course, heartbreaking, Gomez, along with countless other viewers are standing in support of the series due to its important message. “I believed in the project for so long and I understood what the message was,” the Mexican-American star previously told E! News about her involvement with 13 Reasons Why. “I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids [would be] frightened or confused — in a way that they would talk about it [teen suicide], because it’s something that’s happening all the time.”
Regardless of anyone's views, the Netflix hit may very well be getting a season two renewal, which only solidifies just how imperative a topic such as this is.