People Think That Viral '13 Reasons Why' Meme Has Missed The Point Of The Show
In 13 Reasons Why suicidal teenager Hannah Baker records 13 tapes, each of them explaining how a different person contributed to her decision to take her own life.
She leaves instructions, explaining that these tapes are to be listened to (in full) by all 13 people mentioned, in the hope that they’ll understand how their actions – while sometimes small – contributed to the way that she was feeling.
Aside from the fact that it’s prompted a fascinating (and vitally important) debate around the intricacies of mental health, 13 Reasons Why has also become the inspiration behind the latest viral meme:
Me: Can I get some guac too?
Chipotle Employee: Guacamole is extra.
Me: Welcome to your tape.
— ⚪️ (@cib110) April 16, 2017
Waitress: is Pepsi okay?
Me: welcome to your tape
— Owen (@owenxlang) April 14, 2017
Me: *posts a pic*
Friend: *likes it but doesn't rt it*
Me: welcome to your tape
— federicO (@OFederico_) April 14, 2017
Me: I hope today's a light practice
Coach: We're only going to need running shoes today
Me: Welcome to your tape
— Soccer Problems (@SoccerrProblems) April 14, 2017
“Welcome to your tape” is, of course, something that Hannah frequently says as she begins a new tape, addressing a new person.
Even Netflix is using it as a meme.
Welcome to your tape https://t.co/juAMcd0jjU
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 18, 2017
Far from finding these jokes funny, many people are arguing that they trivialise Hannah’s story, and are missing the point of the Netflix drama.
everyone is entitled to their own opinion about #13reasonswhy. be kind to each other. just please dont make ''welcome to your tape'' jokes..
— jamie (@dylanohollands) April 18, 2017
I'm sorry guys but these "welcome to your tape" memes and statements are insensitive and offensive. We really shouldn't take MH as a joke
— Raffaela (@raffydelariarte) April 16, 2017
even netflix is joining the "welcome to your tape" memes why cant people just see how offensive they are
— ana (@astrolance) April 18, 2017
okay can the "welcome to your tape" meme not be a thing because you all are completely missing the point of the show
— Carrie Shade (@CarrieShade) April 16, 2017
1. don't romanticise suicide
2. the 'welcome to your tape' meme isn't funny
3. alex deserved better#13ReasonsWhy
— nina (@disneysdrugs) April 13, 2017
13 Reasons Why – while not by any means perfect – made some powerful points. Not only did it point out that suicidal thoughts build up over time, but it also stressed the importance of reaching out to anybody who you think might be struggling.
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Images via Netflix