Netflix’s new teen drama 13 Reasons Why has people in an uproar, and the streaming service is finally doing something about it.
Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why is a drama mystery that follows a high school student named Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) who tries to unravel the mystery behind his friend and classmate Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) suicide. Leaving behind cassettes tapes detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life, Hannah’s peers learn how they contributed to her pain.
Though the series has gotten rave reviews concerning its acting, the graphic nature of 13 Reasons Why has caused a ton of outcry. The series has been banned in Canadian classrooms, and New Zealand has also sent out stern warnings surrounding it. The series graphically depicts suicide, rape and other very difficult content. Though the showrunners and executive producers including Selena Gomez have defended 13 Reasons Why, mental health experts have accused the series of glamourizing teen suicide. It looks like Netflix is finally ready to do something about it.
According to Buzzfeed, “In addition to the trigger warnings already in place before the show’s two most graphic episodes, the streaming service will add a new disclaimer before the first episode and plans to “strengthen the messaging and resource language” of the warnings throughout.” Also, the series includes a half-hour special following the finale that discusses mental health.
The changes on the show will go into effect this week.
Though 13 Reasons Why has some great talking points, its good Netflix is trying to be more responsible when it comes to advising their viewers about triggering content. We also hope that parents are truly monitoring their kids so that younger people don’t have access to the show.
Have you been watching 13 Reasons Why? It seems like a lot to take in.