Netflix edited the controversial suicide scene from "Thirteen Reasons Why" two years after the show premiered.
"We have heard from many young people that" 13 Reasons Why "encouraged them to start talking about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help – often for the first time," said Netflix in a statement on Monday. "As we prepare to kick off the third season later this summer, we've been thinking about the ongoing debate around the show. On the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, together with inventor Brian Yorkey and the producers, decided to revise the scene in which Hannah kills herself from season one.
The scene now shows actress Katherine Langford staring at her own reflection before responding to her parents' reaction in a later scene. The suicide of the figure is no longer visible.
The graphics scene aired for the first time in the season one finale, showing Langford severing her wrist with a razor blade before she bled in a bathtub. Shortly after the premiere, there were some setbacks regarding the portrayal of suicide, and a number of activists and health professionals expressed concerns that the scene might have contributed to copycat suicides among teenagers.
"It was our hope to make" # 39 "reasons in a TV show to tell a story that helps young viewers to feel seen and heard and empathize with everyone, which they have seen, much like the bestselling book before us, "said showrunner Brian Yorkey in a statement. "Our creative intent to portray the ugly, painful reality of first season suicide in such detail was telling the truth about the horror of such an act and ensuring that nobody would ever want to imitate it. As we prepare for the start of Season Three, we have concerns about the drama scene. Christine Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and agrees with Netflix to rework her. No scene is more important than the life of the show and the message that we need to take better care of each other. We believe that this edition will help ensure that the program will bring the best to most people while reducing the risk to vulnerable young viewers.
The move has also been supported by a number of suicide organizations and industry professionals, including The American Association of Suicidology, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and Drs. Helen Hsu of Stanford, Mental Health America; Cedars-Sinai's Rebecca Hedrick and The Trevor Project have published a joint statement on the new issue: "We support the decision to turn the scene where Hannah takes her life out of & # 39; 13 Reasons Why & # 39; to edit. There were many discussions about the series in the medical community. However, this positive change will ensure that "13 Reasons Why" continues to spark open-hearted discussions on mental health and suicide prevention – while reducing the risk to the most vulnerable adolescents.
The streaming service initially responded to the controversy and added a new advisory video before the episodes of the second season. In the movie stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Justin Prentice and Alisha Boe, they explain to the audience how they can get help when they are affected by everything they see on the TV screen.
However, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings later went on to defend the show and say, "It's controversial, but nobody has to see it."
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.