Parents urge Netflix to cancel ’13 Reasons Why’ after “horrifying” rape scene

The Parents Television Council say the show is a "ticking time bomb"

A TV censorship watchdog group is asking Netflix to cancel 13 Reasons Why after a “horrifying” rape scene was shown in the Season Two finale.

The first season of the show aired in 2017 and caused controversy after its graphic depiction of suicide, rape and bullying.

Season two returned to screens last Friday (May 18) with an all-new PSA from the actors urging viewers to seek help should they be experiencing anything similar to the events in the show. They add that season two will tackle “tough, real-world issues,” and that vulnerable viewers may want to watch it with a trusted adult.


Despite this PSA, the Parents Television Council wants Netflix to scrap the show entirely due to the contents of the season two finale.

**Spoilers for 13 Reasons Why Season Two**

It features the rape of a male character, who is later shown walking to a high school dance with an automatic rifle.

In a statement, the watchdog group said: ‘We’re issuing a warning about Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why Season 2 and urging the company to pull the series entirely because of the potentially harmful content.” They also describe the show as “a ticking time bomb to teens and children.”

Speaking to THR ahead of the Season Two premiere, showrunner Brian Yorkey said: “We’re very interested in continuing to follow his journey and to try to understand his state of mind and the state of his soul.”


”I think you’ll see in the balance of the episodes that it’s very much about trying to understand Tyler’s character and how a troubled young man might be driven to consider this very difficult choice.

“We’re much more interested in understanding that character’s journey than we are in seeing it end in the worst way possible. The thing that’s interesting for us is the journey and trying to understand what goes into the experience of a young man who goes that route.”

Speaking of the potential of gun violence in the show, Yorkey added: “For our part, we did as much research as we could.

“Unfortunately, there’s a great deal of literature about a great number of troubled young men who resorted to or almost resorted to violence to act through their feelings. So we were able to study a great deal of the history there, and we tried to be authentic and honest and also accurate in our portrayal of the character. As with all things with the show, our hope was that we could honestly represent the experience; that our viewers might, through the experience, learn more and start more conversations about those issues in their own world.”

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