13 Reasons Why Cuts Controversial Scene From Season 1

13 Reasons Why Cuts Controversial Scene From Season 1

13 Reasons Why Cuts Controversial Scene From Season 1

The controversial scene's omission is spawning just as much controversy.

The controversial scene's omission is spawning just as much controversy.

Text: Hannah Hightman

Two years after its first season, 13 Reasons Why is still making headlines. Although the show has been praised for bringing attention to mental illness in teens, it has also received an equal amount of backlash since the beginning for its graphic depiction of a teen suicide, worrying audiences that the content might be damaging for its young and impressionable demographic. After suicide hotlines and similar services began to post talking points on social media to remind viewers that 13 Reasons Why is a fictional story, Netflix added warnings at the beginning of each episode. Even so, two recent studies insinuate that the show may have fueled a spike in teen suicides. Now, the graphic scene's being cut from the show.

Netflix ultimately decided that the disturbing scene in which Hannah Baker takes her own life could undercut the important, serious conversation surrounding mental health that the show has galvanized, creating more harm than it does good. A statement from Netflix reads: “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.” The show’s creator, Brian Yorkey, also released a statement. In it, he explains that the intention of the scene was to “tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it.” He goes on to say that after a consultation with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, they ultimately came to the conclusion that re editing would help to preserve the show’s message of empathy and compassion.

Fans and critics alike remain somewhat divided on the new edit. Audiences are unsure of its effectiveness, with many arguing that the main source of controversy in 13 Reasons Why was not Hannah’s death scene specifically, but rather the concept of suicide as the premise's catalyzing force in a sensational revenge fantasy.

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