I wanted to go more into detail about mental health for my last post. In the media especially the entertainment business, there is a certain stigma and romanticism that goes around mental disorders. We see this happen in movies, tv shows, and music the most. So how does the entertainment business showcase mental health? Let’s take a look at some of the most talked about movies, music, and tv shows of this year.
*NOTE* Has spoilers for some shows and movies. Read at your own discretion.
13 Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why has been the talk of the century since its release on Netflix earlier this year. It was originally a book by Jay Asher, but the story follows a guy named Clay Jensen after his friend Hannah Baker commits suicide. Two weeks after her death, Clay finds a box of tapes on his doorstep. The tapes were made by Hannah Baker herself before she died; each tape had a different take of how events in her life with certain people led her to suicide. Because Clay received the tapes, he was one of the people who helped moved Hannah to her death.
The show has sparked a lot of controversy over glamorizing mental health issues because of the following:
- Hannah’s Death
- Sexual Assault charges with Hannah and Jessica caused by Bryce
- The Blame Game from Mr. Porter
- Physical Abuse issues from Justin’s Mother’s partner
- The Whole Way was played out
Hannah’s death in the book according to MTV, Asher decided NOT to kill her. Hannah still tried to commit suicide, however, she tried to overdose on pills instead of slit her wrist like she did on the show. People found this to be glamourizing suicide as this took a much darker route. Especially in the way it was displayed in the show to the public. Mr. Porter who was Hannah’s guidance counselor was supposed to know the signs as she went to him before her death. However, he did not take her seriously and she died anyway.
The rape cases were displayed in a manner of controversy. Especially now that since all of these recent sexual assault cases are being brought up by the news. Bryce who is the captain of the basketball team rapes both Jessica and Hannah on two different occasions. Jessica was drunk and unconscious and Hannah was in a hot tub at a party. Hannah of course, screamed at him to let her go but he did not listen. Some people who saw the show at the time argued that Hannah was being dumb, and she should have never got in the hot tub with him in the first place. Mr. Porter even blamed her for not saying no which was the final straw for Hannah and led to her decision to kill herself.
The story with Jessica was for the longest time she did not know she was raped. She did not believe Hannah’s tapes when she received them that it actually happened. Jessica tried to drink her pain away which soon led to some substance abuse issues. Justin, who was her boyfriend during this whole ordeal, let Byrce rape her unintentionally which can be misconstrued as him being a terrible person. Which Justin was a terrible person, but he had his reasons.
The show was picked up for season two so when it comes out, hopefully, we justice toward these issues.
Split is a movie that came out earlier this year. According to Rotten Tomatoes, this movie tells the story of a man named Kevin with twenty-three different personalities who kidnaps three girls and imprisons them against their will. While the movie is great, the film does portray people with Dissociate Identity Disorder (DID) in a negative light. Kevin is shown using his personalities by causing harm to the pubic and the girls as if that is the only purpose. Not everyone with DID are used to harm people in this manner. Kevin kills not only his therapist that understands him, but two of the three girls he kidnaps as well. Because the girls do not know pain and are not “pure.”
While the film does an excellent job at entertaining, it does not do a good job at explaining how Kevin developed DID, or how his personalities gained the insight to come up with this plan. It paints DID in a negative light and hopefully in years to come, we can see films that do not do this.
Icon For Hire-Under The Knife
The band Icon For Hire which is an alternative rock band does a lot of songs of empowerment such as depression, overdose, feminism and much more. This particular song, Under The Knife is about teens and self-mutilation. Teens are so stressed and have so many mental issues like depression that it leads to thinks like cutting themselves. Under the Knife has so much power and reflection written within the lyrics. I honestly love this band and they do such a great job expressing mental health in their songs. I hope you give them a listen. I will link their song down below!
Even though the media does not give a good message to mental health issues, there are some songs or t.v shows that do give it justice. As this is my last post, I want to thank anyone who supported me during this journey. I could have never done this without any of you. As always any questions or concerns comment down below or hit me up on twitter!
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