July 16( Reuters) – Netflix Inc. is removing a controversial graphic incident imaging a youth suicide from its popular young adult drama “1 3 Reasons Why, ” following advice from medical experts, the company said on its Twitter account early on Tuesday.
The show, based on a journal of the same name, depicts the suicide of the supporter in the last episode of season 1, with a scene of the boy Hannah slitting her wrists in a bathtub.
The company said on Twitter that on the relevant recommendations of medical experts it had “decided with the founder Brian Yorkey and the manufacturers of 13 Reasons Why to edit the incident in which Hannah takes her own life.”
In an emailed statement early on Tuesday, a Netflix spokesperson said, “We’ve heard from many young person that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start speeches about difficult issues like depression and suicide.”
While critically acclaimed, the testify has depicted criticism from groups including the Parents Television Council( PTC ), which claims the evidence extols teen suicide.
The move to edit the scene attracted praise from a number of agencies including the PTC, which has also lobbied Netflix to plummet the testify entirely.
“Netflix has finally accepted the harmful wallop that explicit content, such as the graphic suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why, is capable of inflicting on children.”
The American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention were among others welcoming the move.
Suicides by young Americans rose by almost a third in the month following the 2017 streaming debut of the popular Netflix television series, a U.S. study saw .
The National Institutes of Health-supported( NIH) study found a 28.9 percentage increase in suicide rates among U.S. boy ages 10 -1 7 in April 2017. It said there was an additional calculated 195 suicide deaths in that age bracket from April to December 2017, versus promises based on past data.
The researchers said the study had limitations and that they could not make a direct “causal link” between “1 3 Reasons Why” and the rise in suicide rates, or rule in other factors.
The show tells the story of a teen who leaves behind a series of 13 tapes describing why she decided to take her life.
The graphic incident induced a backlash among parents and health professionals, inspiring Netflix in 2017 to put up additional observer telling cards and direct onlookers to support groups.
A second season of “1 3 Reasons Why” was released in May 2018 and a third season has been ordered by Netflix.
( Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Michael Perry and Kirsten Donovan)
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