Since Netflix began streaming the series 13 Reasons Why, many people have been talking about the subject matter of the show, which is suicide and bullying. With attention being brought to the impact that suicide and bullying can have on young adults, it has also brought some added awareness to the semicolon project. As a nonprofit organization revolving around mental health and anti-suicide initiative, many people are now associating the semicolon with the idea of preventing suicide.
With 13 Reasons Why revolving so much around the central character’s suicide and all of the people who played a role in her decision, it makes sense that the stars of the show would be interested in the semicolon project. Recently, the show’s executive producer, Selena Gomez, along with two of the stars of the series, Alisha Boe and Tommy Dorfman, all got their very own semicolon tattoos in honor of the project and the idea that a semicolon is only used by an author when they could have made the decision to end the sentence but instead chose not to. In terms of the initiative to stop suicide, the semicolon is a representation that the author of this particular story is you and that sentence in question is your life, therefore choosing the semicolon means you have chosen to continue living.
While Alisha Boe and Tommy Dorfman may have been the first stars of 13 Reasons Why to get the semicolon tattoo, they are not the only ones as now, according to Twist, Brandon Flynn has also gotten the same tattoo on his wrist as well. In a post to the actor’s Instagram account, Flynn shared a picture of his new tattoo, as well as an inspirational message. Brandon Flynn even had color added to his semicolon in honor of the character of Hannah Baker from 13 Reasons Why who committed suicide in the series. He chose to add blue in honor of the nail polish worn by the character, which has even been worn by the cast in a show of support and solidarity.
In his post, Brandon Flynn said that the semicolon is his new addition and is his pledge of love and support, as well as hope for “people who deal with suicidal thoughts, depression, addiction, and self-injury.” He continues by telling his followers to be the author of their own story and to allow that story to keep going so that it can not only help others tell theirs but to ultimately help to change the world. Finally, Brandon Flynn posted the 13 Reasons Why website which offers up support and assistance for anyone who is in need of help.
By Dorothea James
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