Netflix Cutting Suicide Scene From 13 Reasons Why Following Backlash
Netflix is making a change to one of their popular shows following backlash.
The streaming giant announced Monday night on Twitter they will be re-editing Season 1 of 13 Reasons Why to take out the scene where Hannah takes her own life. 13 Reasons Why initially premiered in March of 2017.
The show follows how the community and Hannah’s friends react to her suicide, played out in a number of mysterious tapes.
Brian Yorkey, the show’s creator issued a statement on Twitter, “It was our hope, in making 13 Reasons Why into a television show, to tell a story that would help young viewers feel seen and heard, and encourage empathy in all who viewed it.” … “Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in Season 1 was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it.”
Yorkey and Netflix shared they’ve heard feedback about the scene.
A study found an immediate increase in suicides of 10 to 19-year-olds in the three months following the show’s release.
Netflix said they’ve been mindful 0f the ongoing debate and listened to the advice of medical experts in choosing whether to take the scene out. One of the experts, Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, had voiced concerns.
“No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other. We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers,” said Yorkey.
A link included on Netflix’s social post took people to a suicide and crisis help line page where they can talk with someone if they’re facing trouble.
The scene has already been cut from the show on Netflix.
Season 2 of the show premiered in May of 2018, and Season 3 is coming to Netflix later this year.