13 “Welcome to Your Tape” Memes and the Very Serious Problem Behind Them
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?
Me: Can I get some guac too?
Chipotle Employee: Guacamole is extra.
Me: Welcome to your tape.
— ? (@cib110) April 16, 2017
2. There’s nothing worse than a broken McFlurry machine, but this is a bit overdramatic.
Me: 'Can I have a McFlurry please?'
McDonald's employee: 'Sorry, the ice cream machine isn't working'
Me: Welcome to your tape..
— b.b (@Benoo_Brown) April 18, 2017
3. Okay, so there is one thing worse than a broken McFlurry machine: no WiFi.
Employee: are you purchasing somthing ma'am or are you just here for the wifi again
Hannah Baker: welcome to your tape pic.twitter.com/AaVDWjcV0B
— Princess (@pussypun) April 19, 2017
4. No one wants to be ~that kid~, but, like… he doesn’t deserve this!
kid at end of class: "do we have homework?"
me: "welcome to your tape"
— sarah kannenberg (@SarahKannenberg) April 21, 2017
Professor: "The final will be cumulative"
Welcome to your tape
— Madison Rowland (@mrow116) April 18, 2017
6. Again… overdramatic.
Mom: you're 17 years old! You don't need an Easter basket
Me: welcome to your tape pic.twitter.com/YXLDbGtSZs
— 13 Reasons Why (@13ReasonsShow) April 15, 2017
7. Remember: Just because your mom says you can’t stop for food, doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you.
Me: Can we get something to eat on the way home?
Mom: We have food at home.
Me: Welcome to your tape pic.twitter.com/LvpR0Bzw2r
— Samuel Nickoloff (@spnickoloff) April 15, 2017
8. Has the Coke-Pepsi debate really gotten this serious?
Waitress: is Pepsi okay?
Me: Welcome to your tape.
— Aimeeee (@Aimeev_xo) April 15, 2017
9. As a general rule of thumb, just don’t steal anyone’s food, okay?
Me: Where's my food that I left in the fridge?
Them: I ate it.
Me: Welcome to your tape. pic.twitter.com/b3YR0IJTtx
— ☁️ (@OfirBunker) April 12, 2017
10. While we totally don’t understand why your teacher can’t just do this, perhaps you’re overreacting.
me: can you bump my 53 to a 92
me: welcome to your tape
— michael (@mikpick2) April 12, 2017
11. DRAMA. QUEEN.
13 Reasons Why
Hannah: ill have a 4 ct of chicken minis
cashier: we stopped serving breakfast 2 minutes ago
Hannah: welcome to your tape
— Zak Mark Jones (@zakmarkjones) April 12, 2017
12. Read receipts never do anyone any good.
Me: Hi Crush
Crush: *seen 11:11 pm*
Me: WELCOME TO YOUR TAPE
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@tempurarey) April 18, 2017
13. Come on… This is really not that big of a deal.
13 reasons why
Hannah: Can I borrow a pencil?
Kid: Sorry, this is my only one
Hannah: Welcome to your tape
— no (@tbhjuststop) April 18, 2017
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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