On Monday, five public health researchers asked Netflix to do something seemingly impossible: remove a graphic suicide scene from its popular show 13 Reasons Why.
The request, which Netflix shows no signs of heeding, raises thorny questions about artistic license in Hollywood. While creatives might be accustomed to working out of the public’s view to faithfully execute their vision, audiences are increasingly eager to challenge storytelling choices they find troubling or irresponsible.
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In many ways, that sums up what happened with 13 Reasons Why. Viewers, parents, and mental health experts turned to social media and the press to explain why they found the show’s vivid depiction of suicide harmful and disturbing. Now those advocates can point to new research to bolster their argument. Read more…
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