A man committed suicide and left behind audiotapes allegedly inspired by Netflix’s controversial suicide series “13 Reasons Why.”
13 Reasons Why quickly became Netflix’s surprise hit of the year. It catapulted the stars into fame, and people were eager to see if the show would come back for a second season.
The teen drama will be back for Season 2, and fans around the world are excited to see what happens next in the story. However, the show hasn’t been able to shake the debate about whether it is good or could be potentially harmful for young audiences.
Mental health professionals voiced concerns that there could potentially be very devastating consequences due to the depiction of very graphic scenes.
According to a Peruvian news outlet, Diario Clarín, Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano, jumped from the window of his fourth-floor apartment in Arequipa, Peru, after shouting, “I can’t stand a heartbreak.” The 23-year-old’s mother was present during her son’s plunge. He reportedly survived the fall but was pronounced dead hours later at San Juan de Dios hospital.
Before his suicide, the industrial engineer from the Cayma district is said to have left behind two suicide notes, one addressed to the woman who rejected him, and the other written to his family, telling them where they could locate tapes he had recorded. Although it’s undeniable that his story has similarities to 13 Reasons Why, it remains unclear whether the man actually watched or was inspired by the Netflix original show.
Although it’s still not certain whether the program was harmful to its viewers, reports allege that life may have imitated art when a 23-year-old Peruvian man killed himself, leaving behind audiotapes for the individuals he believes were responsible for his death.
In response, Netflix added strong advisory warnings prior to the first episodes, but their attempts did little to impress their critics, who still insisted that the graphic content featured on the show, particularly in Hannah’s suicide scene, could still be harmful to young people.
In response to the controversy, Selena Gomez, one of the executive producers on 13 Reasons Why, defended the series, telling Associated Press: “We stayed very true to the book and that’s initially what [author] Jay Asher created was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story and I think that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, [the backlash is] gonna come no matter what. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing.”