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On 27 April 2017, the Classification Office of New Zealand classified all episodes of the 13 Reasons Why Netflix original television series as RP18, meaning that no one below the age of 18 years old may see unless for those who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. According to the classification decision made by the NZ Government, the series "deals with suicide, bullying and depression. Episodes may contain violence, sexual material, drug use, and frequent offensive language. Some episodes contain graphic depictions of suicide and rape."[1]

The New Zealand OFLC said that the new rating was the result of the worldwide controversy that surrounded the series.[2]

16- and 17-year olds were a prime age group for suicides, therefore making lower classifications unsuitable for the series.[3]

New Zealand has the highest rate of teen suicide in the OECD, and this classification decision is the result.

ReactionEdit

New Zealand deputy chief censor Jared Mullen: "These issues need to be talked about in a way that is informed and safe – parents, guardians, and other adults need to have open conversations with teens about the issues raised by the show. Parents should use their judgment about whether their teen is ready to watch this show and then watch it with them. The series raises a lot of issues but often fails to fully address them, and it's really important that trusted adults can step in at that point."[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/91956245/13-Reasons-Why-Censors-make-new-RP18-rating-for-controversial-Netflix-show
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/13-reasons-why-new-zealand-puts-new-adult-rating-netflix-suicide-drama-998388
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/28/13-reasons-why-new-zealand-bans-under-18s-from-watching-suicide-drama-without-adult
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