Online streaming giant, Netflix has decided to deleted a controversial graphic scene from popular drama 13 reasons Why after receiving advice from medical experts, the company stated in a tweet on Tuesday. The deleted scene shows a youth committing suicide by slitting her wrists in the bath tub and medical experts have termed the scene harmful for viewers. “We have decided with the creator Brian Yorkey and the producers of 13 Reasons Why to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life,” said the tweet. It is pertinent to note that the show has garnered a lot of criticism from the Parents Television Council for glorifying teen suicide.
“We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide,” said Netflix spokesperson in an emailed statement to the media. “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.” The move is welcomed by the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. According to a US study, suicides rose by almost a third in the month following the 2017 streaming debut of the Netflix television series “13 reasons why”.
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 16, 2019
A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health-supported (NIH) found that the suicide rate among children ages 10-17 rose by 28.9% in April 2017 and there were an additional 195 estimated deaths between April and December 2017. However, researchers said that they could not find any direct link between the Netflix show and the deaths. The show tells the story of a teen who leaves behind a series of 13 tapes describing why she decided to take her life. A second season of 13 Reasons Why was released in May 2018 and a third season has been ordered by Netflix.