After much criticism, Netflix finally decided to remove one of its most graphic scenes from season one of “13 Reasons Why.”
It’s been two years since the premiere of “13 Reasons Why” on the popular streaming service. In the series, the main character, Hannah Baker, commits suicide and her death was graphically showcased in a three-minute scene in the season finale.
Baker’s character, played by actress Katherine Langford, is seen cutting her wrist while sitting in a bathtub. The camera focuses in on the teen girl as she screams to her death. Her mother is shown later rushing into the bathroom where she sees her daughter’s lifeless body lying in the tub filled with blood.
The National Institutes of Health funded a study in April which revealed there was a spike in teen suicide after the debut of “13 Reasons Why” in 2017. In March of that year, there was a 28.9 percent increase in suicides in America among pre-teens and teens.
The show creator, Brian Yorkey, slammed that claim in a column for The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “The show’s positive impact has been observed in numerous independent pieces of research.”
However, after two years of debate, the creators decided to remove the graphic scene and show Hannah looking sorrowfully into the mirror. The clip then switches to her parents, who have just learned of their daughter’s suicide.
Netflix released a statement on Twitter, explaining why they pulled the controversial scene. They said expert advisers helped them come to the conclusion because they understand that each new season of the series brings new viewers.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law