NZ bans teens from watching '13 Reasons Why' unsupervised

scandal 28/04/2017

New Zealand has made an official call about Netflix's controversial '13 Reasons Why' series.

As you're probably all aware by now, the series follows the story of a girl called Hannah Baker who takes her own life. 

After much controversy, New Zealand has decided to give the series a rating of RP18, which means that people under 18 years old must be supervised by a responsible parent or guardian while watching the series. 

NZ's Office of Film and Literature Classification released the below statement regarding the new classification,

"These classifications would not address the harm caused to 16 and 17 year olds (who are statistically at greater risk of suicide."

They also suggested that there was a level of irresponsibility on the part of the show's creators, saying:

 

"'13 Reasons Why' does not follow international guidelines for responsible representations of suicide. The scene depicting Hannah's suicide is graphic, and explicitly about the method of suicide she uses, to the point where it could be considered instructional."

 

The decision to create the new rating came about after officers spoke to teenagers aged 14 to 18, who said that the series portrayed a realistic reflection of many of their experiences.

The suicide rate in NZ is one of the highest in the developed world, which is why this is being taken so seriously.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide, please reach out to Lifeline New Zealand now