Written by PTC | Published March 15, 2019
LOS ANGELES (March 15, 2019) – The Parents Television Council issued a statement on Netflix’s decision to remove a scene from its Bird Box film that used real footage of a train wreck that occurred in Canada.
“Netflix was clearly in the wrong for including footage from a real-life disaster that killed 47 people in its fictional film, Bird Box, and the company made the right decision to remove and replace the scene. This controversy proves that Netflix, perhaps begrudgingly, understands that its content can affect viewers. This also shows that Netflix must take seriously the potential harm and impact on viewers of the teen-targeted suicide drama, ’13 Reasons Why,’ during which the lead female character is shown slitting her wrists in horrific, gory detail,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
“In case Netflix missed the memo, here’s a long list about the concerns the public has had about ’13 Reasons Why’:
“And ’13 Reasons Why’ is just one of many adult-like programs that Netflix markets to impressionable children and teens. Netflix targets minors with programs such as the cartoon ‘Big Mouth,’ which grotesquely sexualizes children, Desire, a film that borders on child pornography, and ‘Sex Education,’ which features high school aged characters engaged in explicit depictions of sex and nudity.
“Netflix must take responsibility for all of its programs, not just one. We hope Netflix will see this as an opportunity to win back the trust of families,” Winter concluded.