A very graphic suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why has been removed two years after its appearance.
The teenage Netflix drama based on Jay Asher’s novel of the same name follows the story about Hannah Baker, a high school student who commits suicide after several bullying and betrayal episodes. However, before she decides to end up her life, Hannah records an audio diary with 13 different reasons why she decided to kill herself.
In season 1 of the Netflix teenage drama, a three-minute-long scene showed how Hannah committed suicide in a very explicit way. Katherine Langford, the actress who plays the main role, was seen cutting her arm with a razor blade and screaming like crazy while blood drained from her wrists to the tub.
On Tuesday, the show announced the scene had been removed from the episode and Netflix tweeted about how the decision was made in part “on the advice of medical experts”. The chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was one of the experts who commented about the scene.
A JAMA Internal Medicine study from 2017 shows the Internet searches about suicide increased considerably right after the show first started. “Our analyses suggest ’13 Reasons Why,’ in its present form, has both increased suicidal awareness while unintentionally increasing suicidal ideation”, the study details.
In the new version of the scene, they skipped the hardest part of it and now you only see the before and after suicide events.
“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 creator Brian Yorkey said, about the scene being edited.