I’m quitting NetFlix.
I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts this week, The Holy Post, with Phil Vischer, Skye Jithani and Christian Taylor. They look at news articles and give a Christian perspective with thoughtfulness and humor.
They covered a story in this episode about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. It’s the story of a school-aged girl who creates recordings about all the people in her school who mistreated her. She then commits suicide. It’s the “you’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” storyline taken to its natural conclusion.
The show is based on a novel of the same name by author Jay Ashur, and it’s making a bunch of money for NetFlix. It is a hit.
But – and this is a big but…
There was a 28.9% spike in suicides for boys ages 10 to 17 in the month following the show’s initial release.
The nine months after the release saw an extra 195 deaths by suicide in this age group than would have otherwise been expected from seasonal patterns alone, according to the study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. – From CNN
According to Phil and Skye, the effects of suicide contagion have been studied and verified since a book depicting suicide was released in 1774! This is not a new phenomenon and NetFlix was not unaware of the dangers.
Now, with this study in hand and clear proof that 195 deaths can be linked back to this release, NetFlix is going ahead with season three.
When there is a mass shooting we cry out for gun control, we scream from the housetops that something must be done.
But here, for the love of money and the sake of entertainment, we just let NetFlix continue to kill our children.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t talk about suicide, and I’m not trying to quench freedom of speech, but this is not the way to solve what is a huge problem in our society.
Well, I for one am quitting NetFlix. Hey – bad enough I allowed it to kill so much of my time. Now that I am aware it’s moving forward with content that literally took the lives of nearly 200 children in a nine-month period, I can’t do it any longer.
I may never learn what happens at the end of Friends, or miss what finally drives Abby off NCIS, but I can’t sow my money into this field of death. In my mind, this is the worst kind of human trafficking because we’re all supporting it.
I hope you’ll join me.
Thanks for coming by today.
Walk in the light.
Here are the links:
Journal Article – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0890856719302886