“This is happening every day,” The 24-year-old said of the show’s controversial content during a Monday appearance on Elvis Duran and The Morning Show. “So, whether or not you wanted to see it, that’s what’s happening.”
The critically acclaimed show, which Gomez executive produces, has been widely discussed since it first hit the streaming service in March. The series, about a deceased teenager and the thirteen tapes she left her classmates about her reasons for committing suicide, draws its plot from Jay Asher’s 2007 young adult novel of the same name.
Our show @13reasonswhy came out tonight and I couldn't be more overwhelmed with pride and joy. After 7 years of holding onto this book, I couldn't of picked a better time for this message to exist. Jay Asher wrote a beautifully tragic, compelling story and we were lucky to have brought it to life. Thank you to every single soul that put their heart into this passion project
“I understood that we were going into something that is difficult, but these kids today are so exposed to things that I would never even comprehend when I was 8,” Gomez explained. “I feel like if this is what we are going to talk about, we might as well do it in a way that’s going to be honest. It’s going to be real and it stays true to the book.”
The show features scenes of rape, alcoholism, drug abuse, body shaming and sexual assault. It also features a very graphic scene showing the main character, Hannah (played by Katherine Langford), committing suicide. The subject matter has sparked outrage among some viewers who claim that the program glamorizes the woes portrayed in the show.
“I think that stuff is uncomfortable for people to talk about, but it is happening and hopefully it opened the door for people to actually accept what’s happening and actually go and change it, talk about it,” she said during the radio show.
Now, as the show heads into its second season, Gomez said a lot of the public’s burning questions will be answered.
“All the questions that came up and all the talk about it was all valid and I understand it,” she said. “But I think with season two we’re going to actually answer a lot of those questions and a lot of resolution with the characters are going to come.”
13 Reasons Why season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix, and season 2 is set to hit Netflix in 2018.