Spoiler alert! Also, trigger warning!

The second season of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which premiered earlier this week, is once again courting controversy. This time it’s over an incredibly graphic male rape scene in the season finale.

The show’s creator, Brian Yorkey, has defended the scene, telling Vulture: “We are committed on this show to telling truthful stories about things that young people go through in as unflinching a way as we can.”

He added that the storyline was approved by both Netflix and Paramount, which produces the show, after “extensive discussions” and copious amounts of research into real-life cases of male-on-male sexual violence in high school.

Related: Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” handles suicide poorly but treats gay youth with respect

The two minute scene is disturbing and difficult to watch. It begins school photographer Tyler Down (played by Devin Druid) having his head bashed into the sink before being dragged to a stall where he has his head dunked in the toilet while being called a “f*ggot.”

As Tyler begs for mercy, two attackers hold him down while the third pulls down his pants and begins violently sodomizing him with a mop handle. Tyler screams out in pain. When the mop is finally removed, it’s covered with blood.

Tyler’s attacker then drops the bloody mop on the ground and the three men exit, leaving him sobbing on the floor, his head resting on the wall of the bathroom stall.

But despite Yorkey’s claim that the show is only trying to tell “truthful stories” about the experiences of young people today, many feel the scene goes too far:



Others support the show’s decision to include it:




Watch the 13 Reasons Why season 2 trailer below.

Related: Male rape victims share their harrowing stories in this powerful new documentary

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