The hugely popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has become a lightning rod for critics who say it glorifies suicide and might even make it an attractive option for teenagers who are enduring difficult times in their lives.
Watch the heartbreaking video below about Anna Bright, a 14-year-old who committed suicide after binge-watching 13 Reasons Why. Anna's parents contacted the American Family Association, asking us to help get the word out about the dangers of 13 Reasons Why. They shared their story with our film division.
AFA President Tim Wildmon sent a private letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, respectfully asking for a short meeting to discuss our concerns. The letter was ignored.
Season 1 was hugely popular. While it was airing last year, the website for Teen Vogue said the series was Netflix’s most popular show on social media. Netflix plans to release a second season soon.
Read the AFA Journal feature about this series and its impact on the family of Anna Bright and others.
Even the mainstream media has publicized the potential dangers of 13 Reasons Why, and some schools here in America and abroad have sent home letters to warn parents about the series.
Those dangers are very real. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that suicide has risen to become the second-leading cause of death among teenagers.
Asking Netflix to drop this dangerous television series is the right thing to do. Please sign this petition, then share it as a way to warn other friends, family, and church members about the dangers of 13 Reasons Why.
Sign the petition demanding that Netflix pull Season 1 of the series and cancel plans to air Season 2.