After misguided teens crashed their cars in real life while attempting to emulate the events of the Netflix horror film Birdbox, another real-life tragedy has been connected to the Sandra Bullock-smash hit movie. It turns out the movie incorporates footage from a very real train disaster which happened in Canada in 2013.
On Thursday, Netflix told The Associated Press, that it will not remove appropriated footage of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster from Birdbox. This statement was issued in response to public outcry that the use of the footage in the film was disrespectful to the 47 people who died in the train crash. The crash itself is considered the worst rail disaster in Canadian history.
Leading the charge to have the footage removed is the Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Julie Morin who told The Candian Press on Tuesday that “It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news.”
Netflix has issued an apology but insists they will not remove the clip. Their apology was accepted by Morin, however, who said, according to the AP said: “They’ve [Netflix] committed to reflecting with their partners on the use of these images so that the situation does not repeat itself. We also felt they were sensitive to our citizens’ recovery. I’m satisfied with this exchange.”
So, for now, when you watch Birdbox, you may want to put that blindfold on for another reason entirely. Just don’t try to go drive a car or anything. This is just a movie, people!