After watching the controversial 13 Reasons Why Netflix series, a teen was triggered to put an end to her life last year, and now, her pained dad is speaking out against the plans to add a warning at the begging of the new seasons. According to John Herndon, it is ‘too late’ to implement such a precaution.
‘It is like putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg. It isn’t going to help,’ the man slammed the network and the show’s producer, Selena Gomez.
Apparently, Netflix decided to add this warning after they discovered that ‘two-thirds of parents in our study asked to have the cast come out of character to discuss how to get support.’
That being said, the cast is now going to talk directly to the audience at the start of the upcoming new season (and future ones) and give a proper trigger warning.
Whether that will be enough or not, it remains to be seen.
On April 18, 2017, Herndon and his wife found their 15-year-old daughter Bella in her closet where she had hung herself.
Although they rushed her to the hospital, ten days later, the teen lost the battle.
Not too long after her death, the mourning parents found out she had watched 13 Reasons Why.
Although the father initially wanted to sue Selena and her mother, he stated that it would not have been ‘feasible’ to take a multi-millionaire star to court.
Herdon argued that having teens as the target audience for this show is ‘disgusting.’
‘The whole point of them doing this was that they wanted to raise awareness about teen suicide. The way they chose to do it was to showcase a young teenage girl being raped, being denied access to any adult help, watching a girl be forced to watch her friend get raped, bullying, being constantly turned away by people she was close to – this is how they bring awareness to teen suicide?’
‘Then they finish off by rewriting of the book’s ending to show a very graphic portrayal of suicide. To market this show to teens is wrong.’
He strongly believes the warning they are going to add is going to do nothing.
Finally, his message for the singer was simple: ‘Selena, grow up.’
As for the streaming service that let this happen he thinks ‘It is just unbelievable a company like Netflix that has potential to send something positive out there is taking a route to rub a destructive subject like this in people’s faces. There is nothing positive about that.’