’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 Sparks Outrage Over Graphic Rape Scene: ‘Beyond Disgusted’

The episode begins with a warning of “graphic depictions of sexual assault”

(Spoilers ahead for “13 Reasons Why” Season 2)

Netflix’s popular teen drama “13 Reasons Why” has ignited more backlash in its sophomore season.

A scene that troubles viewers involved the bullied Tyler (Devin Druid).

The episode begins with a warning: “The following episode contains graphic depictions of sexual assault and drug abuse, which some viewers may find disturbing. It is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.”

In the scene, Monty (Timothy Granaderos), one of the baseball team members, beats Tyler up — first smashing his head against a bathroom sink and then plunging his head into a toilet. He then sexually assaults Tyler using a mop, and Tyler is left bloodied in the bathroom.

Viewers of the show are divided on the scene: Some say that showing a sexual assault in such graphic detail is too disturbing, while others say it needs to be shown to portray the pain that some teenagers experience.

“f— 13 reasons why and anyone who enjoys watching a show with such triggering graphic assault and violence in it as entertainment. i’m beyond disgusted,” one viewer said on Twitter.

“AND I GET IT LIKE IT MUSTVE TRUGGERED AND MADE EVERYONE FEEL SO UNCOMFORTABLE BUT IVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY THAT THIS HAS BEEN SHOWN! IT RAISED AWARENESS ON MORE THAN THE WHOLE SEXUAL ASSUALT AGAINST GIRL,” another viewer tweeted. “AND HOW IT HAPPENS WITH BOYS TOO YOU KNOW.”

The show addresses tough issues that teenagers deal with, but aren’t often talked about — like suicide, drug abuse, bullying, sexual assault and rape. The first season sparked its own criticism after a realistic depiction of Hannah (Katherine Langford)’s suicide.

For Season 2, Netflix added a new trigger warning and created a website to provide resources for viewers: 13reasonswhy.info. Netflix did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment about the criticism of the rape scene.

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