July 16 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc. is eradicating a controversial graphic scene depicting a youth suicide from its in style younger grownup drama “13 Reasons Why,” following recommendation from medical specialists, the corporate stated on its Twitter account early on Tuesday.
The present, primarily based on a ebook of the identical title, depicts the suicide of the protagonist within the final episode of season 1, with a scene of the youth Hannah slitting her wrists in a bath.
The corporate stated on Twitter that on the recommendation of medical specialists it had “decided with the creator Brian Yorkey and the producers of 13 Reasons Why to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life.”
In an emailed assertion early on Tuesday, a Netflix spokesperson stated, “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide.”
Whereas critically acclaimed, the present has drawn criticism from teams together with the Dad and mom Tv Council (PTC), which claims the present glorifies teen suicide.
The transfer to edit the scene drew reward from various businesses together with the PTC, which has additionally lobbied Netflix to drop the present fully.
“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 American Affiliation of Suicidology and the American Basis for Suicide Prevention have been amongst others welcoming the transfer.
Suicides by younger People rose by nearly a 3rd within the month following the 2017 streaming debut of the favored Netflix tv sequence, a U.S. examine discovered.
The Nationwide Institutes of Well being-supported (NIH) examine discovered a 28.9 p.c improve in suicide charges amongst U.S. youth ages 10-17 in April 2017. It stated there was a further estimated 195 suicide deaths in that age bracket from April to December 2017, versus expectations primarily based on previous information.
The researchers stated the examine had limitations and that they might not make a direct “causal link” between “13 Reasons Why” and the rise in suicide charges, or rule out different components.
The present tells the story of a teen who leaves behind a sequence of 13 tapes describing why she determined to take her life.
The graphic scene brought about a backlash amongst dad and mom and well being professionals, prompting Netflix in 2017 to place up extra viewer warning playing cards and direct viewers to help teams.
A second season of “13 Reasons Why” was launched in May 2018 and a 3rd season has been ordered by Netflix.
(Reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Modifying by Michael Perry and Kirsten Donovan)
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