MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD
Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why has always been pretty queer. Multiple characters came out over the series’ four seasons, and there are out actors in the cast including Miles Heizer and Brandon Flynn. But fans of 13 Reasons Why are not happy with the show for the way it handled the fate of one of the series’ most popular characters, Justin Foley (Flynn).
From coming out to becoming a heroin addict and going to rehab, Justin has gone through a lot over the course of the show, but in the series finale, it was revealed that Justin is dying from AIDS *checks calendar* in 2020.
It turns out he became positive due to his drug use and prostitution while homeless, but he was never tested. If this sounds like a plot from Queer as Folk 20 years ago, that’s because it was.
Fans who have stuck with 13 Reasons Why feel betrayed by the way the show’s writers treated Justin, and they let their feelings be known on Twitter. With multiple people flagging how HIV/AIDS isn’t a death sentence in the 21st century, and how it takes years for HIV to progress to AIDS.
Scroll through below to see just some of the enraged reactions from Twitter:
13 reasons why probably served us the worst portrayal of AIDS related death in history of TV and it’s saying something
— Sofi (@ejnsofi) June 7, 2020
Absolutely no one:
13 reasons why producers: ok let's give him AIDS in the last episode
— warner's wife (@nazeen_55) June 6, 2020
Dear @13ReasonsWhy: Your HIV/AIDS story line with Justin, the ONE character with a truly redeemable arc on this show, would have been a great opportunity to show HIV/AIDS isn’t a death sentence in the 21st century. I have tolerated a *lot* of unnecessary storylines & plots (1/2)
— theACLgay (@mbross44) June 6, 2020
#13ReasonsWhy did they seriously not mention justin getting hiv till the last episode… honestly saying he died from an overdose during his relapse would've been a more believable death for him
— Shannon (@GirlLikesABoy) June 5, 2020
ok ONE more post bc I AM SO SO UPSET
You had a character that struggled with drug addiction + homelessness FINALLY gets a loving family and a shot at a bright future and you… kill him off with AIDS??? ARE YOU SERIOUS?????#13reasonswhy4 #13ReasonsWhy pic.twitter.com/iAnVtUsIRR
— QUINN HOPP Ⓥ (@qhopp) June 6, 2020