Father Whose Daughter Committed Suicide After ’13 Reasons Why’ Wants to Sue Netflix, Selena Gomez
It's fact that suicide prevention experts, parents and even some school districts are not exactly fans of 13 Reasons Why. The show's heavy subject matter and graphic depiction of suicide are a lot to take in, especially for its young viewership.
But now, one grieving father, whose daughter took her life after watching Season 1 of the hit Netflix show, wants to take legal matters into his own hands – and sue the network and producer Selena Gomez.
The show is having quite a moment right now — the cast just wrapped filming on Season 2 and Katherine Langford, who plays protagonist Hannah Baker, is even nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe for her incredible work in the series!
But still, this can't totally distract from the fact that parents are still upset, especially those who unfortunately lost their children as a result of this show.
John Herndon, who revealed in April he held the show responsible for his 15-year-old daughter Bella's suicide, is going so far as threatening to sue executive producer Selena.
He and his wife found their daughter hanged in her closet, and she died from her injuries ten days later.
“I’m still completely disgusted,” John tells Radar Online eight months after his child's death.
“Selena makes me sick. She is an extremely disturbed individual to think that this show has any kind of redeeming social value at all.”
The grieving father even reached out to the superstar's team via her website, but hasn't heard back.
“I asked that she remove her support and get Netflix to stop,” John says. “I received no response.”
Plus, he also calls the Netflix production team "hypocritical" since they fired Kevin Spacey and Danny Masterson amid their sexual assault allegations, but did nothing to help the parents of kids who took their lives because of 13 Reasons Why.
“They made those decisions to make themselves look like a socially responsible company yet they are making a product about people who are hurt and how they can hurt themselves," he adds.
After Bella's death, John and his wife found out she had binge-watched the first season of 13RW, and wants to stress that it was a trigger warning for her and other teens who may be dealing with mental illness.
“Remember that there are teens out there that are in a little darker place and these could be your friends, your sisters,” John said in April.
“Selena Gomez and Netflix need to understand that not everybody’s going to understand this very well. Some people who are battling with depression, this could catch them at the wrong time, creating what is called the trigger event.”
As a result of the backlash, Netflix revised their trigger warnings to make it more clear to audiences that the subject matter is not for everyone.
But the backlash is certainly not stopping the streaming giant from moving forward with a second season.
“I’ve seen too many posts by the creators who indignantly say it’s helped more people than it’s hurt,” the devastated dad concludes.
“How many people have to be hurt before somebody aside from me stands up and says, ‘You know, this is wrong.’”
Does John have a point? Should Netflix have done more to prevent teen suicide, or are you happy the show is coming back for a second season? Share below!
13 Reasons Why Season 2 premieres in 2018 on Netflix.