After 13 Reasons Why Premiere, Man Commits Suicide & Leaves Behind Tapes
13 Reasons Why received tons of praise from fans all over the world, but critics of the series had very valid points. While people like Selena Gomez and Brandon Flynn are adamant that the graphic nature of 13RW is necessary in order to get the discussion about suicide and rape prevention going, others were concerned it would influence those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts in a negative manner. Psychologists, school administrators, etc., warned people, especially those with mental illness, not to watch due to the disturbing nature of the show. Many thought that 13RW glorified Hannah Baker’s suicide without ever discussing her psychological issues.
Netflix eventually a responded to the backlash by saying, “Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the first episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series and have also strengthened the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter, including the URL 13ReasonsWhy.info — a global resource center that provides information about professional organizations that support help around the serious matters addressed in the show.”
Tragically, a Peruvian man named Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano recently took his own life and left behind two notes, one addressed to a woman named Claudia, and the other with instructions about on how to access a series of recordings he left on his computer. These voice memos were allegedly addressed to those who were the ones who caused him to commit suicide. While no one knows if the 23-year-old was inspired by 13 Reasons Why for sure, the similarities between his death and the Netflix hit are striking and the tragedy seems to be exactly what critics were afraid would happen.
We are thinking of Franco’s friends and families at this heartbreaking time. May he rest in peace.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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