NZ has banned teens from watching 13 Reasons unsupervised

Hip Hop Hollywood 28/04/2017

The controversial Netflix tv show, 13 Reasons Why has the whole world abuzz talking about it, it's even been crowned the most tweeted about show of 2017.

The show itself has gathered both hate and praise for the way it tackled the issue of suicide amognst teens, with mental health organisations weighing in on the debate saying how it could almost glorify suicide and trigger fans of the show to follow the moves of Hannah Baker, the shows main character.

Our country has now responded to the show by creating a brand new television rating for it: RP18.

This new rating means that anyone watching under the age of 18 must be supervised by a responsible parent or guardian while viewing it.

The Office of Film and Literature Classification already has two RP ratings – RP13 and RP16 – but said that "these classifications would not address the harm caused to 16 and 17 year olds (who are statistically at greater risk of suicide.)"

"'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 suicide rate in Aotearoa is one of the highest in the developed world.