Netflix has buckled to criticism of the controversial new show 13 Reasons Why, providing warnings for viewers about graphic contents.
The 13-episode American drama, co-produced by actress and singer Selena Gomez, is based on Jay Asher’s young-adult 2007 best-seller about a high school student who kills herself and leaves behind 13 audio tapes detailing the events that led to her death, including sexual assault, substance abuse and bullying.
Netflix rated the show TV-MA, which means Mature Audience Only, and provided “viewer discretion advised” warnings on three episodes that contain explicit material after mental health experts requested more advisories.
The extra warnings come after the The New Zealand Classification Office (NZCO) created a new RP18 rating for the show due to the graphic depiction of the girl’s suicide.
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RP18 means someone under 18 must view the series with the supervision of a parent or guardian.
Netflix announced on Monday that it had added a warning before the first episode and “also strengthened the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter”.
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