Netflix removes depiction of suicide in ’13 Causes Why’ season one finale


Netflix has modified an episode of the controversial collection ’13 Causes Why’ two years after its authentic airing, citing sensitivity to the ‘ongoing debate’ that’s been occurring relating to the present’s depiction and characterization of youth suicide. In an announcement supplied to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming defined why it eliminated a scene that depicted the suicide of important character Hannah (performed by Katherine Langford) which lasted almost three minutes, opting as a substitute to have this happen solely off-camera within the up to date edit.

“We’ve heard from many younger folks that 13 Causes Why inspired them to start out conversations about troublesome points like despair and suicide and get assist — usually for the primary time,” Netflix wrote within the assertion. “As we put together to launch season three later this summer time, we’ve been aware concerning the ongoing debate across the present. So on the recommendation of medical specialists, together with Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer on the American Basis for Suicide Prevention, we’ve determined with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene during which Hannah takes her personal life from season one.”

This scene was a part of the unique seasons one finale, however now skips the direct depiction and as a substitute leads proper into the response of Hannah’s mother and father to her dying. Netflix additionally instructed THR that it will likely be actively monitoring and issuing take-down requests for pirated distribution of variations of the present that characteristic the unedited clip.

Showrunner Brian Yorkey additionally issued his personal assertion concerning the change individually, sharing this by way of Twitter in a Notes screenshot seize:

It was our hope, in making 13 Causes Why right into a tv present, to inform a narrative that might assist younger viewers really feel seen and heard, and encourage empathy in all who considered it, a lot because the bestselling ebook did earlier than us. Our artistic intent in portraying the ugly, painful actuality of suicide in such graphic element in Season 1 was to inform the reality concerning the horror of such an act, and ensure nobody would ever want to emulate it. However as we able to launch Season three, we’ve heard issues concerning the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier on the American Basis for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it. Nobody scene is extra necessary than the lifetime of the present, and its message that we should take higher care of one another. We consider this edit will hep the present do probably the most good for the most individuals whereas mitigating any threat for particularly weak younger viewers.

Earlier this 12 months, a examine printed within the Journal of the American Academy of Youngster & Adolescent Psychiatry discovered that the present coincided with an even bigger improve in suicides than was predicted by researchers amongst folks aged 10 to 17, and the graphic depiction of Hannah’s suicide was cited as a selected threat issue amongst specialists within the discipline. The examine’s designers famous that they might solely decide correlation, not causation, but it surely was sufficient to deepen the dialog across the present’s potential influence, which had begun together with its debut in 2017.

In the meantime, the third season of the present is about to debut later this summer time, and whereas Netflix instructed THR that it’ll not embrace any depictions of suicide, it’s more likely to reignite the dialog concerning the present’s influence, and Netflix is probably going hoping this pre-emptive edit will assist curb among the adverse response to the continued manufacturing of the collection.

In the event you or somebody wants assist, name 1-800-273-8255 for the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can even textual content HOME to 741-741 without spending a dime, 24-hour help from the Disaster Textual content Line. Outdoors of the U.S., please go to the Worldwide Affiliation for Suicide Prevention for a database of assets.

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