Petition to Netflix
Remove Netflix show "13 Reasons Why"
Suicide is a very serious and final decision that people make when they feel they are out of options and out of hope, there are many times in life when people are at higher risk for attempting suicide and we (society in general, schools, family, churches etc.) need to be careful and educated about how to best address this issue. The popular Netflix TV show "13 Reasons Why" is based off a short novel and graphically depicts a 17-year-old female taking her life after being bullied, slut-shamed, and sexually assaulted. This show glamorizes and graphically shows a completed suicide in high definition and the girl blames her classmates for her suicide and it seemingly tells the tale that there are justified reasons to end your life. I've been prompted to start this petition because I've seen too many copycat suicide attempts and completed suicides wherein they write or talk about 13 Reasons Why. Over the last few weeks all adolescent psychiatric hospitals in Utah have been at capacity, and teenagers are in emergency rooms waiting for a place in treatment to become available. As an admissions director in one of these hospitals I have spoken to adolescents and adults who were triggered by this TV show for the suicide content, bullying content, and sexual assault scenes. I have talked to parents and other family members who are becoming secondary survivors of attempted suicide, who feel at a loss for what to do and where to get help. The TV show does not explain that there are multiple ways to get help and treatment for mental health issues, it does not prompt a safe and educated conversation about suicide and suicide prevention, it does not offer phone numbers of places to call if you are suicidal (1800-suicide is a good one), and one of the biggest issues is it does not address the finality of death. This is the story of a girl who is dead and she gets her "revenge" and "justice" by the spreading of her recorded tapes. However, once you are dead and once you have committed suicide, you are not around to watch the fall-out, you are not around to watch your funeral or your family or you school grieve, you are gone. 13 Reasons Why hits home to many adolescents but does not properly explain that once you are gone and there is no coming back. Ultimately I would like to see this TV show removed from Netflix and for an apology from the creators for triggering so many attempted and completed suicides. I would also like a statement about how to properly discuss suicide, resources for those struggling and their families, and resources for post-suicide help for the survivors. At the very least I would like to see information about suicide prevention and hotline phone numbers that people can call if they feel hopeless at the beginning and end of every episode, and a spoken warning from Netflix that this TV show is graphic and an extreme caution is given to anyone who is not in a safe place or struggles with depression.
Petition to Nickelodeon
MAKE DORA THE EXPLORER GREAT AGAIN
Hi there! If you're like me, you grew up watching Dora the Explorer. It WAS a great show and gave me so many memories. One of the best aspects of Dora the Explorer, was Dora's appearance. She wasn't especially beautiful, skinny, or tall. She was simply average. It was just what a child needed to see to challenge the overpowering ideals other TV shows made about girls, and what they should look like. I was appalled to learn the Dora the Explorer changed her to a beautiful and skinny girl. Now, there are almost no show that depicted girls realistically. Please, sign the petition to make Dora the Explorer great again!
Petition to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News, New York Times, Washington Post
More representation of victims of attacks in Africa and the Middle East in American news!
If you are like most people, you have probably have heard of the Parkland high school shooting. 17 innocent people lost their lives in the incident, sparking outrage and protests. American news(CNN, CBS, FOX, ABC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NBC) has roused humanitarian support for people not of color OR Western, as 16 of the victims were white and were American. But in stark contrast, American news has meagerly covered victims' lives in Africa and the Middle East, and while reporting tragedies in Europe and the United States with more solidarity and support, an example of blatant hypocrisy. According to Caroline Mortimer, a writer for Independent UK, as she states in the subtitle of her article, "A total of 269 people were killed in attacks in the region[Western Europe] in 2016 – compared with 19,121 in the Middle East and North Africa." Those attacks in Western Europe include cities, such as Brussels, Nice, and Berlin. Despicably, they received far more coverage than in places, such as Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Turkey. Victims of tragedies in Europe and America also have their biographies covered in exquisite detail, while victims of tragedies in Africa and the Middle East are just included as a forgettable statistic, which is grossly unjustified. No human life deserves to be a statistic. If American news really is to make the public feel sorrow and shed tears for victims of tragedies, why then, does media possess such a disgraceful double standard? Do white lives/lives in Western or developed countries really matter more than lives in developing countries? Yes, freedom of the press is an inalienable right. But this petition does NOT call for control over American news. This petition is calling for American news to uphold its responsibilities to inform our public of what is happening around the world. Sign this petition if you want to show American news that YOU care about the victims. We MUST stand up for the human rights and dignity of the victims, and urge American news to do the same. In turn, once American news actually starts giving non-Western tragedies the same amount of consideration it gives to Western tragedies(such as giving biographies and covering incidents WEEKS after the incidents actually happened), we can finally bridge the empathy gap and spread fraternity and solidarity for ALL humans.
Petition to CNN
CNN reinstate Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin is a comedian and sometimes they do things that make us uncomfortable to prove a point. Granted sometimes they go over the line but in this case the punishment does not fit the crime. Hey, I don't even like Kathy Griffin, but I believe she was making an honest, albeit exaggerated, statement about how she feels about the current administration. Punish her, sure, but letting her go is too harsh. I don't want to mention the Republican cable mouthpiece but after threats to then President Obama, they glorified and even elevated the status of those has been celebrities. You don't have to let her go to prove a point to anyone, we know where the real news is.
Petition to Erica Chan, Talent , Press , Do Won Chang
Raise Awareness for Transgender Models in Forever 21
We are a group of high school students hoping to take a stand on the lack of transgender representation in media. As many transgender youth are forced out of their homes due to lack of acceptance in their families, we believe that it is necessary for major companies, such as Forever 21, to promote transgender models in their advertisements. This is so that young transgender kids, as well as their parents, can feel comfortable seeing people who may not fit into the box our society attempts to build around them. Marketing and advertisement is ingrained in America's DNA; we need to see trans faces in our advertisements in order to normalize the fact that gender and gender expression isn't limited to a binary structure anymore. One in 137 teenagers identify as transgender, and there are over 1.4 million trans adults in the USA (2/23/17 New York Times). Representation for minorities matters, especially for a group as vilified as transgender people. Around 40% of both trans men and women have attempted suicide in their lives, and the most surprising thing is that the statistics continue through every demographic and background. Trans people clearly aren’t getting the support they need in order to understand that their identity is valid and can be supported (1/2014 The Williams Institute). Due to the fact that transgender people don’t have media attention or support, trans youth face discrimination in employment, housing agencies, medical providers and in the military. In fact, transgender youth are four times more likely to have an income of less than $10,000 per year (1/22/15 The Washington Post). Even as adults, 64% of transgender people make less than $25,000 per year (07/21/2015 The Huffington Post) Additionally, transgender youth are two times more likely to be unemployed (1/22/15 The Washington Post). Paul Guequierre from the Human Rights Campaign states that: “Recent CAP polling shows that 73% of voters support protecting transgender people from discrimination in employment. Despite this strong public support, no federal law provides explicit legal protections for transgender workers based on gender identity/expression—and only 17 states and the District of Columbia offer these protections. As a result, transgender workers face higher rates of unemployment and are at greater risk of poverty” (9/6/13 Human Rights Campaign). All these statistics clearly show a lack of economic, emotional, and job support for the transgender community. Not only would trans models be beneficial to transgender people, but it would also help Forever 21. For instance, Vanessa Sheridan from The Huffington Post wrote that companies would able to enlist and retain top talent. Additionally, Forever 21 could “lessen the risk and expense of legal action relative to transgender discrimination claims.” (7/22/13 The Huffington Post). This means that Forever 21 would be safe from legal action and media attention against the company if it becomes more inclusive. Incorporating trans models would also “position a company (especially from a marketing perspective) as a diversity leader within its industry, the larger business community, and society in general.” (7/22/13 The Huffington Post). Lastly, making Forever 21 a trans-inclusive business would “increase the influence of internal branding on the company’s employees, which is often the result of effective, inclusive organizational policies that impact the well-being of all employees.” (7/22/13 The Huffington Post). Therefore, it is imperative that Forever 21 includes trans models in order to benefit both the trans community and the company. We know media attention for trans people won’t fix everything, but we also understand that representation and support from influential corporations can help. Letting young children and parents see trans people even if in a magazine or poster in a mall would help normalize trans youth and reinforce the idea that gender isn’t binary. As many transgender youth are forced out of their homes due to lack of acceptance in their families, we believe that it is necessary for major corporations/companies to promote trans models in their advertisements so that young transgender kids as well as their parents understand and see that gender expression isn’t limited to a binary structure anymore. Therefore, we petition you, Forever 21, to end your track record of transphobic discrimination and accept transgender models. Links to our other social media: Website Instagram