Last year, the Netflix show was criticized for showing graphic portrayals of suicide, sexual assault, drug abuse and bullying. "Some of the findings were unexpected and profound - more than half of teens reached out to someone to apologize for how they had treated them, and almost three-quarters of teens said that they tried to be more considerate about how they treated others after watching the show".
Despite being fiction, "13 Reasons Why" garnered real controversy from parents and critics, according to Variety. And now, for Season 2, the show will directly respond to the complaints that it glamorizes teenage suicide.
Minnette then appears, replacing Boe, and lists resources people can use if they feel like they need help.
The families of two California teens who committed suicide in April blamed "13 Reasons Why" for making the girls believe that suicide was their only option, while the director of a suicide awareness non-profit said he was anxious about the "copy-cat effect" of such a graphic portrayal of suicide.More news: United Airlines suspends new reservations for pets in cargo hold
Such reunions include Monty Python Live at Aspen and more recently One Down, Five To Go, which saw surviving members John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones get together for a series of live shows at London's O2 Arena in 2014 (sadly, member Graham Chapman passed away from cancer in 1989).
Despite attempts to caution teens from watching "13 Reasons Why", and in some places even banning all discussion of it, the show's popularity skyrocketed.
"Bella's friends told me that three days before she hung herself she had finished watching this Netflix show '13 Reasons Why.' The more I looked into it, the more appalled I was". Those struggling with issues are urged to visit 13ReasonsWhy.info for resources, including suicide prevention and mental health links. Instead it "emboldens" them to believe the show is playing a role in critical conversations. "I think at the end of the day people just want to troll, so I take it all in stride", he said.
"The hope is that the steps we're taking now will help support more meaningful conversations as season two rolls out later this year", Wright concluded in his statement.