So far the two most popular Netflix Originals are To the Bone and 13 Reasons Why which both have very dark storylines.
To the Bone is about a 20 year old anorexic girl who’s spent most of her life in and out of recovery programmes for eating disorders, on Netflix the series promo poster shows Lily Collins standing in front of a set of scales with her bones all visible. It’s bad enough that Eugenia Cooney was uploading videos on YouTube when she was struggling with anorexia. Eugenia Cooney has since been admitted to rehabilitation and is currently making some progress in gaining weight after Shane Dawson (another YouTube member) had reached out and encouraged Eugenia to seek help.
(Eugenia Cooney after recovery)
(Eugenia Cooney before recovery)
For several years, Eugenia Cooney faced criticism for sharing her videos due to having such a young audience that “admired” her body figure and “dreamed” of looking as skinny as her. Eugenia’s tiny body frame may or may not came from the fact that she is obsessed with Jack Skeleton from The Nightmare Before Christmas or the possibility she is being abused from a very controlling mother.
(Lily Collins as Ellen)
As you can see from the promotional poster for the Netflix Original, Lily Collins is showing a very skinny frame, not like Eugenia Cooney’s, but near enough.
13 Reasons Why is about a teenage girl who was bullied and raped and eventually killed herself.
17 year old Hannah Baker struggled fitting in Liberty High, she was photographed by a stalker, had a fling with a jock who shared a photo of her underwear, got drunk and shared a kiss with her female lesbian classmate, fighted with her best friend over a boy, slept with heartthrob Zack Dempsey, got sexually harassed in a diner, was raped and never believed by her head master.
(Hannah during the suicide scene)
(Clay Jensen haunted by the tapes)
And if you thought Hannah’s suicide was the worse of it all, think again…
Tyler Down was beaten then sodimised with a wooden mop stick by Montgomery de la Cruz. That was the final straw for the creepy loner who then decided to create a mass shooting at the school dance (which was aborted by Clay Jensen).
Both Netflix Originals have triggered many viewers who suffer from eating disorders and depression. Two friends of mine who have mental illness have said both series made them feel a lot worse than they already do. One even wanted to commit suicide and decided to end their membership with Netflix.
So is Netflix really educational or promoting mental illness? Should we allow people to watch the series?
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