Sunday 20 August 2017

Revealed: The most tweeted-about show of 2017

The most tweeted-about TV show of 2017 has been revealed
The most tweeted-about TV show of 2017 has been revealed
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13 Reasons Why
Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why

We're only four months into the year but one TV show is creating a huge buzz online.

Netflix's popular teen drama 13 Reasons Why isn't only the most tweeted-about Netflix show, it's the most tweeted-about show ever this year.

The drama has created a stir online with a massive 11 million posts discussing it since its launch on March 30, according to data obtained by Variety.

The teen series, based on the young adult novel of the same name, revolves around a bullied high school student who takes her own life and has stirred up a number of conversations online due to its controversial subject matter.

13 Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why

Superstar Selena Gomez is the executive producer of the series, and she also happens to be one of the most-followed people on social media.

13 Reasons Why, which stars acting newcomer Katherine Langford as tragic teen Hannah Baker came under fire from critics with claims it "glamourised suicide".

Suicide prevention activists argue the series does little to help those actually struggling with mental health issues, because there is no link made between the main character and her issues with severe depression, and no suggestions for "viable alternatives" to suicide.

The show's producers explained their reasons for making the emotional show in an accompanying feature, titled Beyond the Reasons, in which Gomez says, "We wanted to do it in a way where it was honest, and we wanted to make something that it (sic) can hopefully help people because suicide should never ever be an option."

Selena Gomez is an executive producer of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why
Selena Gomez is an executive producer of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why

Netflix officials have since also defended the show against criticism, insisting extra care was taken over the sensitive subject, with suicide prevention resources and information on crisis hotlines provided to viewers on a sister website.

In a statement released to ABC News, bosses declare: "We support the unflinching vision of the show's creators, who engaged the careful advice of medical professionals in the scriptwriting process."

Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why
Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why

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