Netflix Deletes Suicide Scene From “13 Reasons Why”

July 17, 2019

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Netflix has decided to remove the controversial suicide scene from its popular young adult drama 13 Reasons Why, following advice from medical experts. The streaming service said on Twitter Tuesday that 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.” However, a Netflix spokesperson adds in an email to Reuters, “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide.” Based on a book of the same name, the show depicts the suicide of protagonist Hannah in the last episode of season 1. The scene, which shows Hannah slitting her wrists in a bathtub, has drawn criticism from groups including the Parents Television Council (PTC)--which claims the it glorifies teen suicide.