Netflix Edits Out Controversial Suicide Scene In ’13 Reasons Why’ Season 1 After Consulting Medical Experts

The Playlist | 7/16/2019 | Charles Barfield
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The seemingly never-ending controversy stems from the very premise of the series, which follows a young teen as he tries to piece together the puzzle as to why his classmate committed suicide. Those upset with the series say that the show glamorizes suicide and has contributed to an increase in the number of young people taking their own lives. Proponents of the series say that the show teaches young teens about the outcome of suicide and warns against it, showing that it can all be better.

Well, with Season 3 around the corner, Netflix has decided to try to curb the controversy by going back and editing out a major scene from the first season. The scene where the girl commits suicide was originally shown in graphic detail as she slits her wrists in the bathtub. Now, the folks behind “13 Reasons Why” have decided to edit it down to only show her on the verge of cutting before cutting away.

Netflix - Statement - Variety

Netflix released a statement (via Variety):

“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. 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...
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