• PTC Calls Netflix CEO’s Response to 13 Reasons Why Backlash “Callous”

    by  • June 7, 2018 • Press Release, Streaming, Violence • 4 Comments


    After Netflix’s renewal of the controversial series for a third season, PTC announces an online petition advocating removal of the program from Netflix.

     The Parents Television Council issued a statement challenging Netflix CEO Reed Hasting’s response to a question he received at the company shareholder meeting yesterday concerning the backlash against 13 Reasons Why, and announced an online petition for people to sign urging Netflix to cease distribution of the series.

    According to Deadline, Hastings said, “13 Reasons Why has been enormously popular and successful. It’s engaging content. It is controversial. But nobody has to watch it.”

    Suicide HotlineSeason 1 of 13 Reasons Why was cloaked in explicit sexual violence, profanity and substance abuse; and it included what is likely the most graphic suicide scene ever produced for video or film, that of the lead teenage female character slitting her wrists. Among the volumes of dark, explicit content on season 2 is a teenage boy graphically being sodomized with a mop; this boy then seeks revenge by planning a school shooting. Academic research demonstrated a 26% increase in the Google search term for “How to Kill Myself” following the Season 1 release.

    “For the health and welfare of children, I challenge Mr. Hastings immediately to re-think his callous response that ‘nobody has to watch it.’ He is ostensibly proclaiming that financial gain for Netflix trumps the real-life consequences of his programming. Is that what Mr. Hastings and Netflix stand for in today’s world of #MeToo, whereby women who are sexually harassed in the workplace are told ‘nobody has to work here?’ Is that his opinion on marketing tobacco to children, or for other dangerous products that enter the stream of commerce and cause injury or death, that ‘nobody needs to buy it?’” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    13 Reasons Why is the most toxic program ever marketed to children, but don’t just take our word for it. Suicide prevention experts and other members of the medical community have spoken publicly about their concerns over the potentially harmful impact of the show on children; schools all over the U.S. have warned parents about the series; pro-family organizations and advocates have called on Netflix to remove the program and have heard from tens of thousands of concerned citizens through online petitions against the show; commentators in the media, both internationally and in the U.S., have opined that the series presents suicide in a dangerous, glamorous manner; and the worst of all, we’ve even heard news reports and stories about children who took their own lives after binge-watching the first season.

    “The corporate hypocrisy was recently on center stage, when the company canceled its premiere of the series in light of the most recent mass shooting in a Texas school. It wasn’t the premiere party for the show that was insensitive; it was the content of the show itself. So they canceled the party, yet released the show. Such conduct by a publicly-traded corporation is morally and ethically bankrupt.

    “Mr. Hastings, you’re better than this. But sadly, your statement yesterday suggests that your much-heralded artistic freedom for Hollywood’s creative community is more important than the lives of your customers, or indeed, the lives of children around the world.

    “Our efforts on this campaign have only just begun. At this time, we are urging members of the public to sign our petition calling on Netflix to reverse course and stop distributing this harmful program on its platform.”

    The PTC is encouraging individuals to sign its petition found at http://www.parentstv.org/13RY urging Netflix to cease distribution of 13 Reasons Why and to implement a pricing structure that allows Netflix subscribers to opt-out of receiving and paying for sexually explicit, graphically violent, and harshly profane programming.

    If you need help, or know somebody who may be in need of help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org and Click to Chat




    4 Responses to PTC Calls Netflix CEO’s Response to 13 Reasons Why Backlash “Callous”

    1. J. G
      June 18, 2018 at 9:37 am

      I think you guys are all wrong
      Being a 21 almost 22 year old 13 reasons why talks about actual events that happen. And only because there is a handful of people who don’t like it, it’s not fair to start talking crap about it. Not everyone is going to like the same things but there are people who do like and who get to related to the show.
      I don’t see you guys talking about how sons of anarchy that is also in Netflix how that’s not appropriate . There’s so many things on tv on Netflix on Hulu that you guys aren’t complaining about
      There is countless of stuff out their about bullying sexual harassment suicide but you guys only pick one show because it’s getting a lot of attention and getting noticed more

      So maybe just maybe you guys should think about what real problem you guys have with the show rather trying to take it away from people when it actually helps them

      And if you don’t want your kid to watch it then be a parent and tell them no grow a pair of balls and be stern then
      only because you don’t want your kids to watch it it’s not fair to people like me who don’t need mommy or daddy to tell me what I can and can’t watch

    2. Tangler
      June 7, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Your heart is in the right place, and I hate “13 Reasons Why” just as much as you do. However, creating an online petition and asking questions at a meeting of Netflix shareholders is not going to stop them. If you want to stop them, you need to figure out where the Netflix building is located, and hit that building with an electromagnetic pulse strong enough to permanently disable every server stack, every PC, and every electronic device in that building. Do that, and they will either go out of business, or if they continue business, will treat you and all other concerned parents with a billion times more respect.

      • moax429
        June 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

        Agreed, 1000%! Thank God I *don’t* subscribe to Netflix.

        PTC, you can expect a donation from me soon! As many others have said before, “Keep up the good fight!”

      • Maddox Cox
        June 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm

        Hits the entire power – Respects the people who did it.


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