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Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why writer defends graphic depiction of suicide on the show

Netflix’s new show 13 Reasons Why is being criticised for its portrayal of teen suicide in a graphic manner. The writer of the show has finally addressed the matter.

tv Updated: May 13, 2017 12:57 IST
Press Trust of India
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Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why.(Netflix)

Nic Sheff, the writer of 13 Reasons Why has defended the Netflix show after it received criticism from mental health organisations around the world for its graphic depiction of suicide.

In a guest column for Vanity Fair, Sheff has attempted to clear the air surrounding the detailed presentation of the web series character, Hannah’s suicide citing his own example.

Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why.

“(W)hen it came time to discuss the portrayal of the protagonist’s suicide in 13 Reasons Why, I of course immediately flashed on my own experience. It seemed to me the perfect opportunity to show what an actual suicide really looks like.

“It overwhelmingly seems to me that the most irresponsible thing we could’ve done would have been not to show the death at all...” he wrote.

Sheff adds the fact “we’re even having these discussions speaks of real progress to me.”

The Netflix web series has been produced by singer Selena Gomez.

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First Published: Apr 21, 2017 13:15 IST