Parents Television Council Urges Netflix to Cancel ’13 Reasons Why’ Because It’s A Harmful ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

IndieWire | 5/23/2018 | Staff
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The Parents Television Council (PTC), an organization that aims to protect families against sex, violence, and profanity in media, has issued a statement urging Netflix to cancel its controversial teen drama “13 Reasons Why.” The group argues the show should be “pulled from Netflix entirely because of the potentially harmful content.”

The Netflix series has earned backlash across its two seasons for depicting graphic violence and abuse. PTC president Tim Winter calls the show “a ticking time bomb” for teenage viewers. The statement was made following the debut of Season 2, which ends with both a potential school shooting and a brutal rape scene featuring forced sodomy.

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“Netflix has delivered a ticking time bomb to teens and children who watch ’13 Reasons Why,'” Winter said. “The content and thematic elements of the second season are even worse than we expected. We would have liked to have 13 reasons for hope and redemption following the graphic suicide of the lead female teen character, but rather than providing a path forward, the season only provides cause for despondency.”

“If you come into the series with feelings of hopelessness or depression, you’ll never walk away from the series feeling any better,” added PTC program director Melissa Henson. “If you’re not feeling that way, the series will make you feel hopeless and depressed. For kids who are already at risk, who are being bullied or abused, the show may only serve to trigger those feelings and create dangerous real-life circumstances.”

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The PTC warns parents they should “be alert and on guard” in the weeks...
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