13 “Welcome to Your Tape” Memes and the Very Serious Problem Behind Them

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Ever since the series 13 Reasons Why became available to stream on Netflix, the Internet hasn’t been able to stop talking about it! The show follows the story of Hannah Baker, a typical high school student who committed suicide and left a series of tapes behind — one for each of her peers whose actions she felt contributed to her death. The tapes made their way from person to person until everyone knew exactly what they did to hurt Hannah so badly, even if they never realized they’d done anything wrong in the first place.

Although the series has received praise for bringing to light the issue of teen suicide and bullying (and for just being downright entertaining), it’s also gotten a ton of backlash. Critics say that the show does a terrible job of highlighting the underlying problems Hannah was experiencing, including mental illness. Instead of showing viewers what they should actually do if they’re having thoughts of suicide, many people believe that the show does just the opposite. The show includes many potentially triggering scenes for those suffering with mental illness, including very graphic depictions of cutting and rape.

Regardless of the problems critics believe exist within the series, the main problem at the moment seems to be the firestorm that is the Internet. Of course, with any popular series there are going to be thousands of memes to hit the web, but considering the subject matter of 13 Reasons Why, it’s possible that these memes are only causing more trouble by making fun of the very serious issue that is suicide.

The memes from the series are referred to as “Welcome to Your Tape” memes, and they’re based on this idea that Hannah Baker is overly sensitive and she overreacted to the bullying she faced in high school. Whether or not this is true, the memes suggest that something as small as getting an order wrong at a restaurant or being told there’s a test coming up in school would be enough to send Hannah over the edge. Check out the memes below and let us know if you think these memes are taking it too far. We want to know!

1. We get it, we all love guac… but seriously?

2. There’s nothing worse than a broken McFlurry machine, but this is a bit overdramatic.

3. Okay, so there is one thing worse than a broken McFlurry machine: no WiFi.

4. No one wants to be ~that kid~, but, like… he doesn’t deserve this!

5. Yikes!

6. Again… overdramatic.

7. Remember: Just because your mom says you can’t stop for food, doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you.

8. Has the Coke-Pepsi debate really gotten this serious?

9. As a general rule of thumb, just don’t steal anyone’s food, okay?

10. While we totally don’t understand why your teacher can’t just do this, perhaps you’re overreacting.


12. Read receipts never do anyone any good.

13. Come on… This is really not that big of a deal.

As if all of the meme weren’t bad enough, look at all these awful 13RW products:

"Welcome to Your Tape" Pillow

By now, we're sure you've seen the 13 Reasons Why-inspired memes that suggest that Hannah was hurt by trivial incidents, because she referred to someone like Ryan Shaver as one of the reasons she killed herself 'cause he published her poem in his magazine. Here's one meme example:

Chipotle employee: Guac is extra

Hannah: Welcome to your tape

The point that's missed is that ~Everything affects everything~ — one particular incident didn't cause Hannah to commit suicide; 13 incidents did.

Getting back to the pillow, it's further trivializing Hannah's actions.

To think, this pillow is probably the least offensive item on the list. You'll see...

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"I Killed Hannah Baker" T-Shirt

As if this is a reason to be proud.

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"Bryce Walker and Jail is My Favorite OTP" T-Shirt

Really? Your favorite OTP out of all the possibilities — Clay & Hannah, Justin & Alex, literally anyone & anyone — is a rapist & jail. Like... we understand that it's like saying Bryce belongs in jail, but, personally, we wouldn't want a two-time rapist's name on our clothing.

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"Don't Be One More Why" T-Shirt

O... M... G...

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"Don't Touch Me Unless You're Zach Dempsey" Sticker

Except, even if you are Zach Dempsey, don't do any touching unless explicitly asked to do so.

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"Justin Foley Deserved Better" T-Shirt

Hannah Baker deserved better. Jeff Atkins deserved better. Jessica Davis deserved better... especially from her boyfriend. Sure, Justin had a tough upbringing, but he allowed his best friend to rape his GF. Let's all remember that.

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"Justin Foley is Such a Smol Bean" T-Shirt

Oh, yes, such a smol bean that he took a picture of Hannah's underwear while she was coming down a slide, then let everyone believe he got to third base with her. And when his best friend sends out the picture to everyone at school, he doesn't even try to apologize to Hannah. Yeah, rele smol bean.

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"Your on the List" T-Shirt

Even if you disregard the spelling error — it's supposed to be Y-O-U-APOSTROPHE-R-E — what's this shirt meant to do? Be a threat?

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"Kill Myself and Chill" T-Shirt

It doesn't outright mention anything to do with 13 Reasons Why, but it was tagged with the name of the show on redbubble.com. You have to see why this is awful, right? Right???

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Hannah Baker Noose-Around-Neck T-Shirt

Some seriously disturbed Internet troll actually took the time to create this. We are so done. Goodbye.

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