Group Asks Netflix to Cancel “13 Reasons Why”

One Million Moms (1MM) released a statement today calling on Netflix to remove the show “13 Reasons Why” from its streaming service.

The controversial television series has drawn flak for its depictions of teens suicide and violence.

Back in 2017, John Stonestreet with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview wrote,

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard about the series [“13 Reasons Why”]. If you’re a parent in a place like Colorado Springs, where literally dozens of teenagers have committed suicide in recent years, you’re probably asking yourself whether the show will only make a bad situation worse.

Unfortunately, two years later, those concerns appear to be valid.

Last May a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology  found monthly suicides among youths ages 10 – 17 increased by nearly one-third following the release of “13 Reasons Why.”

Our friends at American Family Association have written about 14-year-old Anna Bright, who took her own life after binge watching “13 Reasons Why.”

Initially, when people criticized the show’s graphic depiction of suicide and violence, Netflix was publicly defiant, telling shareholders, “It [13 Reasons Why] is controversial. But nobody has to watch it.”

Recently, however, Netflix opted to delete the graphic suicide scene from Season 1 of the series.

Now One Million Moms is calling on Netflix to remove the show entirely from its platform, saying,

Netflix is set to release Season 3 of 13 Reasons Why this Friday, August 23. Netflix has also confirmed a fourth and final season that is already in production.

More than two years after the 2017 debut of 13 Reasons Why, Netflix finally responded to concerns about the negative impact of the controversial suicide-themed series. Netflix deleted Season 1’s three-minute graphic teen suicide scene. But that was after releasing a second season about suicide, rape, sexual assault, and mental illness, and now a third season with a teen homicide as the focus of the show’s darkness, violence, and perversion.

Although 1MM acknowledges the removal of Season 1’s suicide scene and applauds that there is an end in sight for the series, 1MM is not giving in or giving up. 1MM and our parent ministry, American Family Association, are pressing on, stronger now more than ever. Together, we are putting the maximum pressure on Netflix to pull all seasons of this dangerous series from its streaming service.  

The whole series is a dark and depressing primer for impressionable young people, inviting them to enter a realm of perversion, hatred, and violence.

Parents can learn more and sign a petition calling on Netflix to pull “13 Reasons Why” here.

Photo Credit: Brian Cantoni (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cantoni/10715878456) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

California Passes Bill Against DIY Gene Hacking

Recently the California General Assembly passed a law against so-called “do-it-yourself” gene hacking.

Modern technology makes it possible to edit the human genome. While it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, we’ve seen headlines recently about scientists in China who have edited human genes and tried to create human/animal hybrids.

Gene-editing technologies like CRISPR have hit the open market, but California, of all states, seems to want to do something about it.

John Stonestreet at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview writes,

The [California] Assembly passed, and Governor Newsom signed, a bill that prohibits the sale of do-it-yourself genetic engineering kits—unless the kit has a label warning that it is “not for self-administration.”

Hey, it’s a start. As noted at Vox, Silicon Valley is home to the biohacking movement, which, in essence, attempts to extend life through technology. But tinkering with the human genome poses enormous risks not only to those who self-edit their genes, but to the public at large.

One Oakland biohacker has been selling such kits, so it’s entirely appropriate that California has now passed the “first-ever legislation addressing emerging CRISPR technology, [which] will help prevent safety mishaps by amateur users of CRISPR kits.”

CRISPR is the same gene-editing technology that scientists have used to clone and kill human embryos for research.

As we have said many times, human beings are not research material, but gene-hacking technologies like CRISPR treat them that way.

All scientific research must respect the sanctity of human life.