The rumors are true. Actress Bella Thorne has taken on a challenging new role in which she plays the girlfriend of a boy who committed suicide. The movie is based on a true story of a girl who allegedly bullied her boyfriend into killing himself. Is this the next Thirteen Reasons Why? Or is it a step in the right direction for mental health awareness?
Four years ago, Conrad Roy III, an 18-year-old student who struggled with depression committed suicide after being harassed by his girlfriend, Michelle Carter. Was this just the result of some teen drama? Hell no. Michelle knew that Conrad was depressed and bombarded him with messages encouraging him to kill himself. WTF? Now, with the memory still fresh in people’s minds, Lifetime is profiting off of the tragedy with its new movie, “Conrad and Michelle: If Words Could Kill.” Shockingly, this seems like a bad idea to many people.
Another TV show glamorizing suicide & mental health struggles?! I'm thoroughly convinced #13ReasonsWhy was a Bad Idea but profiting off of & romanticizing a real-life horror is even more whack. #ConradandMichelle https://t.co/CZjQUIr5Fk
— Jace (@JaceRitchey) August 28, 2018
So lets get this straight. Lifetime casts a pretty actress to play a horrible person, romanticizing her right off the bat. Instead of making a documentary, they make an edgy teen drama which calls more attention to the criminal than to the boy whose life was lost. If by now the media hasn’t gotten the memo that glorifying killers inspires copycat crimes, they never will. But anything for the views, right?
What’s the real-life Michelle Carter doing right now? She is currently appealing her manslaughter conviction, claiming that the prosecutors cherry-picked the bad messages to win the case. Yeah, she may have told her boyfriend to kill himself multiple times, but what about the “I love you’s” or heart emojis? That makes her a good person who accidentally said some mean things a few times, oops!
The jury might eat that up because she’s a pretty white girl who even looks like Bella Thorne. 18-year-old Michelle who sent those messages by her own will was just a little girl with some issues.
Great job respecting Conrad’s life, Lifetime.
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