The series was Netflix's most popular show, ever. Like, in history. Not only that but the acting was incredible and it opened up the conversation about teen suicide – an issue that is very prevalent in our culture today. It's an issue that has been taboo to talk about yet thanks to the series and Selena Gomez for bringing this project to life, people are now speaking up.
If you've lived under a rock for the past year, you may not know that 13 Reasons Why follows the story of Hannah Baker and all of her peers, and how she ended up making the heartbreaking choice to take her own life. It's about how these people got inside of her head, made her feel unworthy and ultimately solidified her decision to end her life, among tons of other factors that fueled her decision. The story is about those people uncovering that dark truth. Yes, it might not be this mushy love story or a comedic routine of sorts, but it's important. The most basic message is that we should all be kind to each other and that in and of itself is something everyone should recognize.
To even be considered for an Emmy nomination for this year's awards show, a series must have been released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. 13 Reasons Why came out on March 31, 2017. So, that shouldn't have been an issue. Now, we're just really confused. Why wouldn't have these actors and this story been recognized? EVERYONE is talking about it. Teen Choice announced their nominations the same day the Emmys did and 13 Reasons Why was nowhere to be found.
Other shows like Riverdale, Famous In Love and Stranger Things was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, with ST nabbing Emmy noms too. This all makes us wonder, does a story about teens, watched by teens and talked about by teens matter? Are people too afraid to nominate a series about suicide at the off chance that it might win?
Selena has yet to comment on the snub. But, we have a feeling she's not very happy. This was her passion project and something she had worked on for years. The fact that this show was backed by her and even scored a second season proves that it's good. No, it's not just good, it's amazing.
Emmys and Teen Choice – you may have screwed this one up big time.
If you or someone you know needs help or is contemplating suicide, call 1-800-273-8255.