Netflix defends series
TWO schoolgirls killed themselves days apart after being “inspired” by the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, their heartbroken parents claim.
The Sun reports that Bella Herndon and Priscilla Chiu, both 15, died after watching the hit US drama that has been accused of “glorifying” suicide.
The series tells the fictional story of bullied schoolgirl Hannah Baker, who recorded 13 tapes for the people she blamed for wanting to end her life.
Priscilla’s uncle Peter Chiu, who found her, said she had suffered from depression and had been watching 13 Reasons.
He described the show as “very graphic” – particularly the scene in which the main character self harms in the bath.
Writer Brian Yorkey defended the show. He was quoted as saying: “Many people are accusing the show of glamorising suicide and I feel very strongly that we did the exact opposite.
“What we did was portray suicide and we portrayed it as very ugly and very damaging.”
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Schoolgirl Priscilla Chiu.