Netflix defends decision to renew 13 Reasons Why for third season: “Nobody has to watch it”
Netflix has responded to critics after renewing 13 Reasons Why for a third season.
The controversial series returned for a second instalment last month and has already been renewed by the streaming service for a further season. However, many viewers have condemned Netflix for their decision to extend the show after the “horrifying” rape scene that was featured in season two.
Reed Hastings, Netflix’s CEO, stood by the decision to renew the series during the company’s annual shareholder meeting: “13 Reasons Why has been enormously popular and successful. It’s engaging content.
“It is controversial. But nobody has to watch it.”
13 Reasons Why previously came under fire after the release of its first season, with mental health organisations labelling the show’s depiction of suicide as “dangerous” and “irresponsible”.
Advocacy group Parents Television Council called for the series to be cancelled at the time, and has spoken out once again following the show’s renewal.
“We condemn Netflix for renewing its teen-targeted suicide drama 13 Reasons Why,” said PTC president Tim Winter in a statement.
“The company already potentially has the blood of children on their hands from keeping this series – with its graphic suicide scene, its sodomisation of a teen boy and a potential school shooting, among other adult content – on its platform for children to view.”
If you’re affected by any of the issues mentioned in this article you can visit rapecrisis.org.uk or call 0808 802 9999. You can also visit www.samaritans.org or call 116123 for support regarding suicidal thoughts or emotional distress.