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’13 Reasons Why’ Star Katherine Langford Responds To The Show’s Critics

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“I feel really proud of the way we covered it”

Netflix's controversial new show 13 Reasons Why has received a lot of backlash for glamorizing suicide and misrepresenting mental illness and depression. Now, the star of the series, Katherine Langford, has responded to critics. On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Langford, who plays Hannah Baker, defended the show's portrayal of suicide, but said she's "not going to tell anyone to feel anything differently."

"Everyone's feelings are valid," Langford said. "Personally, being directly involved in the show and seeing the thought and consideration that went into it, also being a young adult, playing a young adult and covering issues that are relevant, I feel really proud of the way we covered it and the way we showed things."

In the show, Hannah's graphic suicide is depicted in full, a move the show's writer Nic Sheff—who has struggled with addiction and attempted suicide himself—said was meant "to dispel the myth of the quiet drifting off, and to make viewers face the reality of what happens" when you commit suicide. "I agreed that we should depict the suicide with as much detail and accuracy as possible," he said. "I even argued for it—relating the story of my own suicide attempt to the other writers."

Langford told Fallon she thought shows like 13 Reasons Why "instigate discussion, which is the important part," adding that the impact of the series' message will vary depending on the person. "We cover so many important issues in the show that are going to affect people differently depending on their own personal context."

She went on to say that Netflix has done its part by including a "Beyond the Reasons" segment after the final episode of Season 1, which involved the cast and producers speaking with mental health professionals about bullying, depression, and sexual assault. Netflix also issued trigger warnings before particularly graphic episodes. Langford's also taken it upon herself to provide resources for her followers on social media, she said, by including links to 13reasonswhy.info and itsonus.org in her Instagram bio. 

While the shows creators, executive producer Selena Gomez, and now, Langford, have all come out in defense of the show's depiction of suicide, it might help to consider what Jennifer Wright wrote for NYLON.com: "The only thing that will make high school bullies feel bad is your growing up and doing cooler stuff than them, at which point they will awkwardly like all your photos on Facebook." 

If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying, visit stopbullying.gov, or dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts, reach out to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.



But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.


The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.

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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.

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