Published May 01, 2017Netflix's latest teen series 13 Reasons Why is incredibly controversial thanks to its controversial depiction of teen suicide. Australian experts have deemed it dangerous, while the guy from Car Seat Headrest determined that it's "kind of fucked" over the weekend. Responding to mounting pressure, Netflix have decided to add further trigger warnings to the program.
The streaming service had previously included a half-hour special to discuss mental health along with content warnings about its content. In addition to suicide, the show also depicts date rape.
Now, the company plans to add a warning before the show's very first episode, warning viewers about what they're about to see. Netflix confirmed the plan in a statement to Buzzfeed, which reads as follows:
There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series 13 Reasons Why. While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories. Currently the episodes that carry graphic content are identified as such and the series overall carries a TV-MA rating. Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the first episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series and have also strengthened the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter, including the URL 13ReasonsWhy.info — a global resource center that provides information about professional organizations that support help around the serious matters addressed in the show.