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Last Friday, Hulu was just hanging out, trying to do a little pre-weekend promotion. It took a friendly jab at its competitor on Twitter.
— hulu (@hulu) April 14, 2017
Welcome to your tape https://t.co/juAMcd0jjU
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 18, 2017
For those who haven’t yet binged on Netflix’s record-breaking series 13 Reasons Why, the tweet might not make sense. But “welcome to your tape,” uttered by protagonist Hannah Baker, is the foundation of the series; she sends cassette tapes to all the people she feels contributed to or were complicit in her death. It’s a heavy series, but that line quickly became a meme meant to illustrate pettiness, which, as Refinery 29 pointed out, dismisses the weight of Hannah’s situation.
So Netflix jumped on the meme train, and responses were mixed. Some were disappointed that a brand seemed to be trivializing suicide, but others shrugged it off as a joke. The always on-brand Wendy’s Twitter account claimed it was actually “pretty solid and relevant to their brand.”
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.