Netflix decided to remove the controversial suicide scene two years after the premiere of '13 Reasons Why'.
Many of the mental health experts mentioned that the graphic suicide scene in the finale of the first season of '13 Reasons Why' should have never been aired.
And now, on July 14, Netflix confirmed that they removed the scene due to its inappropriate viewers content.
A spokesperson shared to The Hollywood Reporter,
“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 which Hannah takes her own life from season one.”
In the original scene, Netflix shows Hannah (Katherine Langford) the lead character of the show, a troubled teenager committing suicide. They show every little detail of Hannah from slitting her wrists to blood flowing all over the bathtub to the floor.
However, in the new version, they decided to remove the details and only show some censored scenes where Hannah looks at the mirror and then her mother later finds her dead body.
American Writer, Producer and Creator of 13 Reasons Why, Brian Yorkey shared on THG :
“Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in season one was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it,”
He later added,
“[no] one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other. We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers.
The series creators intended to make that scene for people to be aware of depression, to seek help and talk about it.
Though it has some positive effect on people, many of the health experts and critics shared that due to such graphic detailed suicide of the female protagonist, the scene has had an exactly opposite effect on people meaning that people are more encouraged in taking their lives instead of surviving the horrible pain.
And removing the three-minute marked scene shows their concern about spreading the positive message and care to their viewers.
They even shared that they'll do their best to remove the scene from any third-party platforms like Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, and others.
Well, what do you guys think about this matter? Was removing the scene necessary? Let us know.