If you’re one to binge-watch Netflix shows, or if you were on the internet around that period of time, you might’ve heard of 13 Reasons Why – a controversial series that follows the events that eventually lead its protagonist, Hannah Baker, to commit suicide.
While the series did have good intentions, in wanting to raise awareness about suicide and depression, 13 Reasons Why received tons of backlash when it was released. This was because people watched it, only to realise that not only were there graphic elements to the series (eg. rape) that audiences were not warned about, but also that Hannah Baker’s suicide was shown on-screen.
Many, including expert psychologists, were concerned about the show’s potential impact, in that it might encourage those who are suicidal to do the same thing that Hannah did – to kill herself, then leave behind tapes for the people who contributed to events leading up to her suicide. These concerns weren’t unfounded – according to a study, suicide rates shot up in the month after 13 Reasons Why’s release.
Despite all these concerns, though, nothing was done about the series at the time. In fact, since then, 13 Reasons Why has since gotten a second season, and will soon be airing its third season. That is, until yesterday. There’s been a sudden announcement from official sources that the graphic suicide shown in Season 1 has been edited.
Here’s the official update from the show’s official Twitter account, along with a statement from the show’s creator, Brian Yorkey:
“As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show.” The announcement reads, after a brief introduction on how the show has encouraged people to start conversations about depression and suicide, “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.”
How has the scene been edited?
The new scene now shows Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford) staring at her own reflection in the mirror, before cutting to her parents’ reactions in the following scene. It’s a huge change from the original, graphic scene – in which Hannah is shown to cut her wrist with a razor blade, before bleeding out in a bathtub.
What do you think, though? Should the scene have been edited at all? Or are the show’s staff two years too late to edit the scene? Let us know in the comments!