Paris Jackson on 13 Reasons Why: It's EXTREMELY Triggering!

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If you've been on social media in the past week, you're likely familiar with the controversy surrounding 13 Reasons Why.

The Netflix series has been criticized for what some feel is a glamorizing portrayal of teen suicide.

Additionally, many feel that the show's graphic scenes of sexual assault are likely to have a triggering effect on real-world victims.

13 Reasons Why Poster

For a time, it looked as though Paris Jackson had added her voice to the chorus of detractors via a vitriolic Tumblr post that quickly went viral:

"Don't watch [13 Reasons Why.] Do not watch this fucked up mess of a show," the post reads.

"Listen, I've been working in teen suicide prevention for almost six years and I grew up in an area that had epidemics of teen suicides.

"The area is actually so well-known that show-writers and producers met with leading experts in the area on the ways that the media contributes to teen suicides — and then did almost everything they were warned not to do."

Paris Jackson at 2017 Grammys

Paris attempted suicide in 2013 and has been open about her mental health struggles in the years since, so many fans were not surprised that she had such strong views on a show that's been accused of glorifying self-harm.

But it turns out the Tumblr post was bogus, and while Paris does have strong feelings about 13 Reasons Why, she's not condemning the more controversial aspects of the series.

She cleared up the controversy in a recent Instagram post, writing:

“This show was an amazing way to get the message across to bullies that they need to stop doing what they are doing, it really did a good job of showing how impactful words and actions can be to other human beings.

"But at the same time it is also an extremely triggering thing to watch.”

Hannah on 13 Reasons Why

Jackson went on to warn fans who have struggled with PTSD or suicidal ideation that watching the show might present a challenge they're simply not ready for:

“Please only watch this show with caution and keep in mind that it may put you in a dark place. if you are struggling please don’t watch it. if you think you can handle it, please by all means check it out.”

Hardly the harsh condemnation that was originally attributed to Paris, but the 19-year-old clearly believes that fans who might be triggered by the series should exercise extreme caution.

Even so, while the jury might still be out with regard to whether or not 13 Reasons is damaging to those in vulnerable states of mental health, it seems the show has one very influential supporter in Paris Jackson.

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Paris Jackson Biography

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Paris Jackson is the daughter of Michael Jackson. She has an older brother, Prince, and a younger brother, Blanket (also Prince,... More »
Birthplace
Los Angeles, California
Full Name
Paris Michael Katherine Jackson