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Paris Jackson Says '13 Reasons Why' Suicide Plot Line Is an 'Extremely Triggering Thing to Watch'

by Jackie Willis 7:51 AM PDT, April 28, 2017
Playing Paris Jackson Says '13 Reasons Why' Suicide Plot Line Is an 'Extremely Triggering Thing to Watch'

Paris Jackson has mixed feelings about the dark subject matter in 13 Reasons Why.

Netflix's wildly popular teen drama, based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher, follows high school student Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he sets out to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), and her decision to commit suicide.

The storyline hits close to home for Paris, who attempted to commit suicide at age 15, and revealed to Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year that the highly publicized incident was just one of multiple attempts.

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On Thursday, Paris reacted to a negative review of 13 Reasons Why in an Instagram post, calling it an important show but also offering a note of caution. "This show was an amazing way to get the message across to bullies that they need to stop doing what they are doing," she wrote. "It really did a good job of showing how impactful words and actions can be to other human beings. You can't just do or say things to people without thinking about how it will affect them."

That being said, Paris seems to agree with the critic who advised: "If you're suicidal, if you're depressed, if you self harm, and/or if you have any trauma associated with that, please do not watch this show."

Paris' post continued, "But at the same time, it is also an extremely triggering thing to watch. 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," she added. "If you think you can handle it, please by all means check it out."

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During her interview with Rolling Stone, Michael Jackson's 19-year-old daughter was quite candid about her own struggle with depression and self harm, admitting that she used to cut herself. "It was just self-hatred, low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn't do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore," she said.

While Paris sees the pros and cons of 13 Reasons Why, the show's executive producer Selena Gomez spoke to ET about why she thinks the show is so important. "I think kids especially, with social media sometimes, they just feel a little claustrophobic, and I don't think their voice is actually being heard," she said. "I want people to know that every single life is valuable, that their voice can be heard, and that there are people who are willing to be there for them."

Here's more of our interview with Gomez:

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