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LookHowMuchRespectACastMemberOf'13ReasonsWhy'HasForSuicide

Johanna Hartford
Johanna Hartford MOGUL Influencer
4mo Boston, MA, United States Story
Look How Much Respect A Cast Member Of '13 Reasons Why' Has For Suicide

The Netflix sensation '13 Reasons Why' released March 31, 2017, and has garnered nearly unprecedented attention for the platform. The dramatic mystery based on the young adult book of the same name follows the story of Hannah Baker, a high school junior who decided to take her own life. Her story is explored through 13 tapes she left behind, each one citing the actions of one of her peers as a reason for her decision. 

The ethical reviews have been mixed. Some people think the show is shedding light on an important conversation surrounding bullying, sexual assault and suicide, topics the show does not shy away from. Some people think the show is too triggering for those who have experienced similar situations, and criticize the graphic depictions of such events. Some think it's glamorizing teen suicide. In an attempt to ensure the public knows that the producers and the cast take the topic seriously, Netflix created an episode called '13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons' in which those behind the project discuss bullying, depression and sexual assault alongside mental health professionals. This project has some big names behind it - Selena Gomez is an executive producer.

But does everyone on the cast understand the implications of making light of suicide? It seems not. 

Actor Brandon Flynn, who plays Justin Foley in the series, has some disturbing images of himself mimicking a gun in his mouth on his Instagram. Granted these images are old, dating back to 2015 and 2012, but the comments on the images are new because viewers are relating them directly to the new hit show. One thing's for sure - this isn't a good look for someone who just gained an enormous amount of social media followers due to a project featuring cyber bullying and suicide.

What do you think? Should Flynn remove the images from his Instagram and issue an apology? Does he have a responsibility to address that the images were in poor taste, or defend them if he thinks they weren't? 

If you or anyone you know are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self harm please visit 13ReasonsWhy.info for resources and information. 

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8 comments

  • Moira Kelley
    Moira Kelley MOGUL Influencer
    4mo ago

    Johanna this is a really interesting post and I am happy to see it on here and up for conversation. I am not positive but I believe that actor Brandon Flynn was really young when he posted these pics. Actually probably around the age of the person he was portraying in the series.  I would hope that he would have a new perspective since posting these pics and would make a comment/join the conversation about suicide and the photos. We all live and learn, I hope he addresses this if he hasn't already. 

    Johanna this is a really interesting post and I am happy to see it on here and up for conversation. I am not positive but I believe that actor Brandon Flynn was really young when he posted these pics. Actually probably around the age of the person he was portraying in the series.  I would hope that he would have a new perspective since posting these pics and would make a comment/join the conversation about suicide and the photos. We all live and learn, I hope he addresses this if he hasn't already. 

  • Sabrina Ross
    Sabrina Ross Mrs. Vancouver Island Globe 2017, Dabbling Writer, Addictions Awareness Advocate
    4mo ago

    Yes I hope he would have matured to the point to realize the inappropriateness of such photos and removed them already. Hopefully it happens now and he realizes the folly of his past ways.

    Yes I hope he would have matured to the point to realize the inappropriateness of such photos and removed them already. Hopefully it happens now and he realizes the folly of his past ways.

  • Moira Kelley
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    4mo ago

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  • Johanna Hartford
    Johanna Hartford MOGUL Influencer
    4mo ago

    @Moira Kelley I agree that I suspect this does not reflect this actor's feelings about suicide. I agree that I hope he responds to this in some way. I think it deserves to be addressed. The success of this show has given him a major platform for reaching people, so I think he has a responsibility to use it wisely. 

    @Moira Kelley I agree that I suspect this does not reflect this actor's feelings about suicide. I agree that I hope he responds to this in some way. I think it deserves to be addressed. The success of this show has given him a major platform for reaching people, so I think he has a responsibility to use it wisely. 

  • Maragaret Crampton
    Maragaret Crampton When life gives you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and watch the world try to figure out how you did it.
    4mo ago

    I think this does not reflect this actor's feelings about suicide. He was young and this was waaay before the show. I honestly don't think he meant anything bad by that. It's just him being young and silly. I don't think he should apologize for this as he meant no harm and it was literally years ago. However, he definitely should not repeat this now and be more mindful of what he posts from now on.

    I think this does not reflect this actor's feelings about suicide. He was young and this was waaay before the show. I honestly don't think he meant anything bad by that. It's just him being young and silly. I don't think he should apologize for this as he meant no harm and it was literally years ago. However, he definitely should not repeat this now and be more mindful of what he posts from now on.

    • Moira Kelley
      Moira Kelley MOGUL Influencer
      4mo ago

      I agree that it i don't think this accurately represents this actors views on suicide and I don't even necessairily think he should apologize but because he is in the public and is working on 13 reasons I do think that he should address it in a conversation. People are commenting on the pics and it has gained attention. I'm not sure not addressing this is the best move at this point. 

      I agree that it i don't think this accurately represents this actors views on suicide and I don't even necessairily think he should apologize but because he is in the public and is working on 13 reasons I do think that he should address it in a conversation. People are commenting on the pics and it has gained attention. I'm not sure not addressing this is the best move at this point. 

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        3mo ago

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