Netflix has edited the controversial suicide scene from its teen drama series “Thirteen Reasons Why,” the changes coming two years after the show originally premiered.
The scene now depicts actress Katherine Langford staring at her own reflection in the mirror before cutting to her parents’ reaction in a later scene, removing any depiction of the character’s suicide.
The original graphic scene aired during the season one finale and showed Langford cutting her wrist with a razor blade before bleeding out in a bathtub. In a statement, the streamer says:
“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. 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… 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.”
The show originally faced some backlash regarding its depiction of suicide, with a number of activists and health professionals voicing concerns that the scene may have contributed to copycat suicides among teens. The move to re-edit has drawn support from a number of suicide-related organizations and industry experts.