This post contains discussion of suicide.
Since its premiere, has been no stranger to controversy. Now, with the release of season 3 in the works, Netflix seems to be walking back a decision that shaped the original season such a lightning rod for polemic and discussion.
The explicitly graphic panorama imaging death by suicide of at the end of season 1 has been edited to omit any visuals of the actual act committed by actress Katherine Langford’s character Hannah. The original virtually 3-minute-long scene featured Langford assessing her life while looking at herself in the mirror prior to entering a bathtub and slitting her left wrist virtually the duration of her entire limb. The camera stays on Langford as her attribute develops increasingly lifeless and blood fills the bathtub until her mother enters and discovers their own bodies. The episode opened with a trigger alerting stating that it” may not be suitable for younger audiences” and included” graphic depictions of violence and suicide .” The original incident premiered on March 31, 2017.
The newly edited incident in the finale features Langford assessing her life in front of her bathroom reflect followed by an immediate slash to her character’s parents respond to her implied suicide.
” We believe this edit will help the reveal do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young onlookers ,” showrunner Brian Yorkey said in a press release regarding the new slouse.” Our creative goal in portray the ugly, painful world of suicide in such graphic detail in season 1 was to tell the truth about the repugnance of such an behave, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it .”
Following the freeing of season1, the display received heavy criticism for glorifying suicide and studies performed under the time suggested that there might have even been a correlation between the publication of the testify and guess of suicidal ideation among teenagers. Prior to the release of season 2, Netflix even collaborated with Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development to conduct its own study. Results showed that 63% to 79% of those surveyed felt that the graphic nature of Hannah’s death was necessary to depict how painful suicide really is.
In addition to the moral dilemma of editing out the original, visceral depiction of suicide, Netflix’s edit to 13 Reasons Why opens the conversation to another situation. As we continue along the path that current media trends predict and more indicates are available solely through streaming platforms, is this going to become the norm? Edits such as these situated more precedent for make corporations responding to backlash of a product by just going ahead and adjusting that product.
Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World featured heavy reshoots close to the film’s release to remove Kevin Spacey from the movie. This was done in response to allegations of sexual assault against the real-life actor. Yet alter media due to divisive buyer reaction to the media itself presents a murky artistic and ethical situation that could become more frequent as streaming-exclusive media develops its library.