We just can’t get 13 Reasons Why out of our minds.
From bullying, shaming, and suicide, the Netflix show covers all the issues young adults are going through — and it wasn’t going to shy away from accurately portraying rape scenes.
“It’s uncomfortable, but that’s OK,” author Jay Asher revealed in a new interview. “It needs to be.”
He adds, “If we’re doing this, it can’t be something that you can look away from or just gloss over in your mind. You have to be uncomfortable when you’re watching it; otherwise you’re not in her mind.
“In a way, it’s disrespectful if we say, ‘We know this stuff is happening, but we don’t want to be made uncomfortable by it.’”
Click inside to read what Jay says about Hannah’s consent…
In the hot tub scene, we don’t see Hannah ever say no and in her tapes she explains, I know some of you listening might think there was more I could’ve done or should’ve done, but I’d lost control. And in that moment it felt like…it felt like I was already dead.
“I wanted guys to be uncomfortable when they read it, and both the book and the TV show made a point of noting that Hannah never says no,” Jay shares about the scenes in question. “Because that’s what we always hear, right? ‘When a girl says no, she means no.’”
“But there are plenty of times when a girl’s afraid to say no for various reasons, and it doesn’t mean, ‘Oh, as long as they don’t say no, then everything’s fair game.’ You need to be a better person than that.”