Popular teen show 13 Reasons Why, that faced severe backlash for its last scene of season 1 – portraying suicide of protagonist Hannah – has now taken down the scene from its archive. The decision has come on the back of advice from a medical board that suggested Netflix to omit the scene.
Taking it to its official Twitter, Netflix announced that respecting the decision of medical board and concerns of parents, the streaming site has decided to remove the controversial scene where the teen heroine slits her wrists in a bathtub. The decision has come after taking in confidence maker Brian Yorkey and producer of 13 Reasons Why.
"No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other." #13ReasonsWhy showrunner Brian Yorkey explains why he is editing that controversial scene from season one https://t.co/DQwS97AzV9
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 16, 2019
“We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide,” wrote Netflix in a statement.
Earlier the web series and its content was widely criticized for ‘glorifying suicide’ amongst teens. American Association of Suicidology, Parents Television Council and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention were among groups that demanded the show to amend its explicitly.
The organizations have now welcomed the move by Netflix.
“Netflix has finally acknowledged the harmful impact that explicit content, such as the graphic suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why, is capable of inflicting on children,” said representative of Parents Television Council.
13 Reasons Why is a widely popular web series amongst youth. The story revolves around Hannah, a teenager, who leaves behind 13 tapes to elaborate why she took her life. The first season of the series was released in 2017 and the second followed in 2018. Third installment of the show is underway.