I’m sure we’re all aware of the new hype of 2017 ‘memes’, pictures/videos that are completely random and irrelevant, but the general public have got a really good laugh out of them ever since they were introduced to social media.
I, for one, have definitely found myself laughing now and again at certain memes, especially the sarcastic types based on a TV series/film etc that I nod in agreement at and that’s cool. They were made to be laughed at. However, I don’t condone memes about serious situations, that should not be a thing.
Scrolling through my Facebook yesterday, I saw somebody tagged in this ’13 Reasons Why’ meme. Let’s just say I didn’t take this meme lightly.
I feel very strongly about this show, I talk about it non stop on social media, I encourage my friends to watch the show, even though my parents are most likely never going to watch it I still talk about it with them because it’s just THAT IMPORTANT. I ended up getting my brothers completely hooked on it. If you’re one of the people who don’t understand the ‘Welcome to your tape’ meme going around, basically it has been created because of the show ’13 Reasons Why’ and how a young girl called Hannah explained her suicide through tapes. Each tape was based on a certain person who had some part in pushing her to kill herself and people are turning the situation in to a joke, rather than listening to the message Hannah and this show is trying to tell.
Still confused? Are you sitting there thinking what on earth do chicken nuggets have to do with it? Basically, Hannah’s reasons for committing suicide are quite contradictive, viewers are calling Hannah’s reasons small and stupid, for example, Zach gets rid of all her compliments in class because she shouted at him, Ryan posted a very personal poem of hers for the school to read which lead them to take the mess out of her etc. You’re allowed to think these reasons aren’t worth taking your life for, that’s totally your opinion. But you should NEVER laugh at or joke about her choices in any type of form because different people have different weak spots, Hannah had problem after problem after problem and everything built up until she just cracked.
These memes should not have became a thing, instead of laughing over Hannah’s reasons, why don’t you sit and think about the things you might have said to somebody that could’ve hurt their feelings. Start to realise that the smallest things you say or do to a person can result in them ending their lives. These memes are completely destroying the seriousness of the show and are brain washing people from seeing the real message trying to be shown. Please, be more careful with the ‘jokes’ you make. There will be people who take offence and won’t see them as jokes, some of these jokes could be triggering to people. Take people’s feelings in to consideration and respect that these memes can really affect people, even if it is ‘just a TV show’, people go through Hannah’s story in real life on a daily basis and more people need to be aware of that.
Yes, as you can see, I am one to take offence and I have no sense of humour with these type of memes. However, on a more light hearted note, there was one meme that I did have a giggle at, but still my laughing was rather reasonable due to the concept of the meme:
This meme is more appropriate to laugh at as Bryce is a predator and a rapist who deserved to go to prison. Hannah, however, is not an appropriate person to be laughing at. You are allowed to laugh at memes, but please acknowledge the ones you do actually laugh at. You are allowed to make memes, but please be considerate about the memes you make. There are people out there who do have a mental illness, like me, and really do appreciate this show and all the messages it gives out to the world. Don’t make something light out of it. It’s supposed to be dark and uncomfortable. Leave it alone.