Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has come under fire again and this time, audiences are asking for it to be axed.
During the second season’s finale, a particularly brutal and harrowing scene takes place, that some are finding inappropriate and scarring.
The conservative American Parents’ Television Council has urged Netflix to pull the show, saying it is a ‘ticking time bomb to teens and children’.
The scene in question shows a brutal assault of a male by a pack of students, followed by them using a broom to sodomise the victim.
Another brings an assault rifle to school, before being talked down, which of course, after the countless school shootings in the US, is a little on the nose.
Netflix does warn the viewer before watching, however the council don’t believe it is enough.
“The following episode contains graphic depictions of sexual assault and drug abuse, which some viewers may find disturbing. It is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.”
The show’s executive producer, Brian Yorkey, issued a statement in Vulture, responding to the call to action.
“We’re committed on this show to telling truthful stories about things that young people go through in as unflinching a way as we can,” he said.
“We fully understand that that means some of the scenes in the show will be difficult to watch.
“But the fact is that, as intense as that scene is, and as strong as … reactions to it may be, it doesn’t even come close to the pain experienced by the people who actually go through these things.”
“When we talk about something being ‘disgusting’ or hard to watch, often that means we are attaching shame to the experience.
“We would rather not be confronted with it. We would rather it stay out of our consciousness.
“This is why these kinds of assaults are under-reported. This is why victims have a hard time seeking help. We believe that talking about it is so much better than silence.”
Due to backlash after the first season, the show did work closely with mental health groups to ensure resources were available.
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
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