The executive producer of “13 Reasons Why” is facing similar backlash over the show’s content.
Selena Gomez’s dropped her new single “Bad Liar” today exclusively on Spotify and she’s already inviting controversy with some provocative promotional art. The pop star, has been teasing her song “Bad Liar” on Instagram all week with photos of lyrics written in lipstick on mirrors and video snippets of the single took things one step further on Tuesday with a sepia-toned image of herself looking sullen while lying in bed with a yellow wristband that reads “RISK” and a bandaged forearm. Gomez also made the photo her new Twitter profile image.
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Without any context surrounding when or why the photo was taken, some fans jumped to the conclusion that the image was touching upon issues of self-harm and suicide, shocking some and offending others.
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Given Selena Gomez’s latest project, “13 Reasons Why,” it’s not too far a stretch to imagine that she might incorporate this kind of imagery into her new music. The hit show, executive produced by the singer, focuses on a group of high school students left reeling after their classmate takes her own life. Gomez herself has drawn parallels between the characters in the series and her own personal struggles as of late.
While the optics of Gomez’s image are certainly up for debate, her fans and photographer Petra Collins were quick to shut down speculation that the photo had anything to do with self-harm and more with her battle with Lupus.