13 Reasons Why, starring actress Katherine Langford, has been slammed by Debi Mazar.
13 Reasons Why, starring actress Katherine Langford, has been slammed by Debi Mazar.

Actress slams Netflix show: ‘Feeding bad ideas’

ADD Debi Mazar to the list of parents angered by 13 Reasons Why.

The Younger star took to social media this week to rail against the Netflix show, which she says her 12-year-old watched without her permission.

"I could give you more than 13 reasons why I wish this show never existed," Mazar wrote on Instagram. "As an American, I believe in freedom of speech … However, this show romanticises suicide. My 12 yr old kid managed to watch it without me knowing. We had a talk about it, but … It's just feeding their brains w/BAD ideas."

 

The series has been accused of "glorifying suicide" and for its graphic and bloody portrayal of the act itself. Headspace warned that the show "exposes viewers to risky suicide content and may lead to a distressing reaction by the viewer".

At the top of those concerns is the risk of contagion, the idea that someone with suicidal ideation could copy what they see.

The show centres around Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford.
The show centres around Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford.

Its graphic depiction of suicide and sexual assault have prompted parental protests - and now Mazar has joined the outcry.

However, the other side of the conversation is that a show like 13 Reasons Why is an opportunity to talk about taboo subjects, giving kids, at-risk or otherwise, a platform to engage with their parents or others in their community.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has defended the show, saying "nobody has to watch it." What he didn't address was the issue of kids going behind their parents' backs to watch it, as is the case in the Mazar household.

At last look, her post had more than 12,000 likes.

If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Headspace on 1800 650 890 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

This story originally appeared in NY Post and is republished here with permission.