More than two years since a graphic scene from “13 Reasons Why” season one finale stirred controversy for supposedly depicting suicide, Netflix has decided to edit it.
The original, nearly three-minute-long scene — which is no longer available on the streaming site — showed actress Katherine Langford’s character Hannah Baker hurting herself in a bathtub.
Soon after premiering, “13 Reasons Why” received lots of backlash, particularly from health professionals who voiced out concerns that the scene might have affected the number of suicides among teens.
Note, Deadline reported in April that a study showed teen suicide rates spiked after the series premiered.
In a statement released by Netflix (published on Variety) Tuesday, it stated that creator Brian Yorkey and the producers decided to “edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one” as advised by medical experts.
“We’ve heard from many young people that ‘13 Reasons Why’ encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time,” the statement read. “As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one.”
“13 Reasons Why,” which premiered on Netflix on March 2017, is set to have its season three release this year.
It revolves around seventeen-year-old high school student, Clay Jensen, and his deceased friend Hannah, who has killed herself after having to face a culture of gossip and sexual assault at her high school and a lack of support from her friends and her school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah in the lead up to her suicide detail thirteen reasons why she chose to end her life.
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