A TV series that is currently getting a lot of attention in the U.S. and other countries has prompted one country, New Zealand, to create a new rating and require warnings at the beginning and end of each episode.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” now must carry the new RP18 rating in New Zealand following a decision by the national Office of Film and Literature Classification .
“The organization previously only had ratings restricting content to people ages 13 and under and ages 16 and under, but created the new rating in response to ’13 Reasons Why,'” THR reports.
The series has been under scrutiny for its handling of the subject of teen suicide.
“The new classification defines the series as ‘objectionable’ and says it is ‘restricted to persons who have attained the age of 18 years, or who are accompanied by a parent or guardian,'” THR reports. “The New Zealand warnings highlight the show’s graphic content, including its treatment of teen suicide, bullying and violence, as well as scenes of sexual violence.”