In case you have not gotten around to watching season two of 13 Reasons Why yet, spoiler warning! It is safe to say that the second installment of the Netflix show created a lot of controversy, especially the final episode!
Perhaps the most shocking scene was when Devin Druid’s character Tyler gets sexually abused with a broom handle by Montgomery (played by Timothy Granaderos).
Druid was in attendance at the 11th Television Academy Honors, and while there he talked with ET about the backlash surrounding the violent scene.
‘You know, I think people are always going to have opinions on the show and what we do, but I think it is staying true to what the show’s been about and that has always been taking on these tough issues and trying to show them in these truthful lights. We cannot sugarcoat it or censor it at all because that is not how these events happen. And I think it’s this trying to portray and make people understand what happens in these unfortunate and tragic circumstances,’ the 20-year-old explained.
He went on to assure us that he did not take the scene lightly. ‘As an actor, I felt a lot of responsibility to portray the pain accurately, and humiliation one can go through when they are assaulted in this way, especially with the stigma around sexual assault with men. Especially this age of toxic and fragile masculinity, I think it plays a big part in this idea of men being raped, it isn’t something people think about a lot.
‘And then as a male character, what does it feel like for you in a society where you are told this should not happen to you, and not that it should happen to anybody, but that this cannot happen to you, but it does, what does it do to you on a psychological level as well as physically – obviously an enormous amount of pain.’