Yup! You heard right, Clay himself will be addressing some the concerns that many viewers had about season 1. 13 Reasons why follows a young girl by the name of Hannah Baker who killed herself. She left behind 13 tapes and each tape describes a situation and why it influenced her to take her own life.
Topics like suicide, rape, and bullying are very touchy subjects and when discussed often result in discomfort from people who have endured scenarios like the character Hannah. Previously, Netflix did not include any type of warning before explicit scenes preparing viewers for what they were about to watch.
Soon after the release of the show, there were a few young girls who actually committed suicide and their parents made it seem as if it was due to the impact of the show. Situations like that resulted in the new season of ‘13 Reasons Why’ will have trigger warnings and disclaimers before the episodes.
Following the discussion of the debatable scenes in the show, Netflix conducted a study and they surveyed and asked about ways they could improve the show. Over two-thirds of the study thought that Netflix should have the cast talk to their viewers about suicide awareness and discuss how to get support.
The warning before the show is stated by different actors from the show like Katherine Langford, Alisha Boe, Dylan Minnette, and Justin Prentice. They speak to the audience out of character addressing their concerns for the viewers. Each of the actors say different versions of the following “If you’re struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you, or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult,”. This now gives viewers the option to continue to watch the show or have a trusted friend to watch along with them.