I forgot to write for Netflix in April.
Call it menopause brain. Call it that my usual last week of the month Netflix writing was interrupted by my birthday week and I didn’t write for anyone (including those paying me) the entire week. Call it I am a little mad at Netflix.
I don’t like the show 13 Reasons Why, (no I won’t link to it), and I don’t want to “have a discussion” about it.
Not on this blog.
I have a 17-year-old and a nine-year-old with ADHD and anxiety, so I REALLY don’t want a television show out there who’s MO is all about suicide, even giving step by step instructions on how to do it.
To be clear, I have talked to my teenager about this show and told her that if she wants to talk, has questions etc.. that we are here and completely open to it.
I realize that this series is based on a book that was written in 2007.
I also realize that if a teenager or child wants to kill themselves, they will do it.
But instead of spending your millions of dollars on making this program, Netflix, why don’t you spend your money on a documentary style show for teens that depicts what is wrong with our mental health care and insurance systems? Maybe even urge them to make a difference instead of teaching them how to end their lives?
So I didn’t write a monthly post for the first time in three-plus years and I don’t feel guilty.
I love all the people I have worked with in public relations at Netflix, who want me to have “conversations” with my readers about this show. But to be fair, almost everyone whom I have come into contact with is in their early, just out of college, twenties without children. They have no concept of how hard it would be to have these conversations with real teenagers who may or may not have come out of their uteruses.
I am not in denial nor am I putting proverbial blinders on in order to ignore this series.
I live in a community that was rocked by the suicide of a beautiful 15-year-old girl last summer.
We had this talk in August.
We had this talk yet again on Thanksgiving Day when a friend of a friend took his life the night before.
So we got this Netflix.
I think I can take it from here.
Instead of having a conversation, head here to read an article about teenagers who started an amazing project called 13 Reasons Why Not.