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Netflix removes 13 Reasons Why's graphic Season 1 suicide scene

  • The two-year-old nearly three-minute Season 1 finale scene showing Hannah taking a razor blade to her wrists and the immediate aftermath have been edited out of 13 Reasons Why. "We've heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time," Netflix said in a statement. "As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we've been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. 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." Yorkey said in his own statement: "Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in season one was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it. But as we ready to launch season three, we have heard concerns about the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it. No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other. We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix's decision had nothing to do with the upcoming third season, which will feature another scene depicting a suicide. Netflix is also expected to monitor the internet any pirated clips of the original, unedited scene.

    TOPICS: 13 Reasons Why, Brian Yorkey, Katherine Langford, suicide