"Stop being sensitive about everything people say and stick to your guns." An angry fan tweets.
16 July 2019 by Fachana Techamaneewat
Ever since Netflix's 13 Reasons Why aired, it had gotten into controversy after controversy. However, none was as big as the scene where Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) ends her own life. And now, two years later, Netflix has finally made the decision to delete the scene.
And some fans aren't happy about it.
First of all, what is 13 Reasons Why?
Here's the gist: Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) returns home one day to find a set of tapes that was recorded by his recently passed classmate, Hannah Baker. In the tapes, Hannah explains thirteen reasons why she decided to end her own life.
Selena Gomez is one of the executive producers for the series and a third season is set to premiere later this year.
When Netflix announced that they'd removed the controversial scene, a lot of fans applauded the decision.
However, there were more than a few people who were angry.
Check out their tweets below:
They argued that the scene depicted the reality of suicide and how this scene was a replica of something that was happening right now all over the world.
On the other hand, people were quick to slam those who disapproved of Netflix deleting the suicide scene.
Some of them also pointed out that the scene had caused a copycat suicide from a teenager who'd watched 13 Reasons Why. Her suicide was too eerily similar to the way Hannah took her own life in the now-deleted scene.
In response to the suicide, Joseph and Patrice Bright, the parents of the fourteen-year-old girl, Anna Bright, started a petition that called for Netflix to pull the series. The petition has now reached over 144,000 signatures.
However, Netflix has still ordered a third season that's set to premiere later this year.
Netflix has always had its fair of controversial series, but is this series a step too far?
Fans are split about whether the series help to spread awareness for suicide or actually help to make the situation worse.
After the suicide of the young girl, Netflix has taken steps to reduce the risk of this happening again. They've included trigger warnings to the series and have been working with 'Samaritans', a charity that offers 24/7 support via calls, email, SMS, letter and face-to-face help to those feeling suicidal.
Netflix has been working with them "to provide advice on the safe portrayal of suicide."
Ultimately, the end goal of the series is to help increase understanding about suicide and to encourage those feeling suicidal to seek help. Hopefully, with Samaritans' help this time round, they'll be able to do this in a more safe and responsible way.
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.