13 Reasons Why Creator Defends Finale’s Graphic Assault Scene
If you haven’t finished watching season 2 of 13 Reasons Why, we strongly suggest you click out of this post right now as it contains MAJOR spoilers. Okay, now that that’s out of the way…
The entire second season of the Netflix hit has gotten people talking, but one moment in particular is stirring up serious controversy. There’s a scene in the S2 finale where Tyler (Devin Druid) is physically and sexually assaulted by Monty (Timothy Granaderos) and two other baseball players in a school bathroom. The boys beat him, shove his head into a toilet and proceed to rape him with a mop handle, leaving him broken, bruised and bleeding.
Many fans who watched the graphic scene criticized it for being triggering and disturbing, and called out the show for including it in the first place. Creator Brian Yorkey, however, stands by his decision.
The man released a statement to Vulture saying that the scene’s inclusion was necessary in order to tell a truthful story. Here are his words:
“We’re committed on this show to telling truthful stories about things that young people go through in as unflinching a way as we can. We fully understand that that means some of the scenes in the show will be difficult to watch. I think Netflix has helped provide viewers with lots of resources for understanding that this may not be the show for everybody, and also resources for people who do watch it and are troubled and need help.
But the fact is that, as intense as that scene is, and as strong as are or reactions to it may be, it doesn’t even come close to the pain experienced by the people who actually go through these things. When we talk about something being ‘disgusting’ or hard to watch, often that means we are attaching shame to the experience. We would rather not be confronted with it. We would rather it stay out of our consciousness. This is why these kinds of assaults are underreported. This is why victims have a hard time seeking help. We believe that talking about it is so much better than silence.”