People Are Warning Each Other About a Mental Health Trigger in 'A Star Is Born'
Warning: This piece contains spoilers about the movie “A Star Is Born.”
If you’re planning on seeing “A Star Is Born” and don’t have any triggers around suicide, stop reading now — there are spoilers ahead.
But, if you’ve lost someone to suicide, have attempted suicide or you’re particularly sensitive to depictions of suicide, there are few things you might need to know before heading to the theater to see Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s latest film.
“A Star Is Born” is a love story about Jack (Cooper) and Ally (Gaga). Jack is a troubled musician who faces his demons as he helps Ally skyrocket her own career as a singer and songwriter. The movie hit theaters on Oct. 5, and has already received critical acclaim.
Despite many enjoying the film, some are taking to Twitter to warn others that the movie does feature a death by suicide, and while it doesn’t show the suicide happening, it does provide vivid details of the method.
????trigger warning for a star is born????
i walked into the film not knowing there was going to be a suicide scene. it’s triggered me so badly and i feel terrible so for anyone who needs to know about this, either walk into the cinema prepared or don’t see it
— alex (@buckyelektras) October 4, 2018
Y’all. Massive TW: suicide, depression, addiction for A STAR IS BORN. Still a good movie. Has an important message, esp for women. But TWs all the same. It took everyone in my theater by surprise. And no, TWs are not spoilers. If you say so, you will be blocked.
— Lyla ???????????? (@literarylyla) October 5, 2018
hi i don't wanna send out any spoilers but i really wish i had been told this before i went to see it so
trigger warning with the film A Star Is Born. if you're not good with talk of or depictions of suicide attempts please do not watch it.
— katt✨ (@kattparry) October 5, 2018
just a warning to anyone who plans on seeing a star is born— be very careful, i haven’t seen anything in the media about this but it’s very triggering for alcoholism, drug abuse and has a relatively graphic suicide scene. keep yourselves safe.
— the colossus of clout (@flightlessbill) October 5, 2018
If you’re someone who’s sensitive to depictions of suicide based on your personal experience, it’s OK to skip seeing “A Star Is Born.” Or, if you still want to see it, it might be helpful to go with someone you trust. If you’re struggling during the movie, you can always text “HOME” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.
Stay safe and take care of yourself. Your mental wellbeing is more important than a movie.