Bird Box needs no introduction. If you haven't seen it, go ahead and excuse yourself from society because this is the most important movie currently, and deserves your attention. But lately, it's been getting some negative attention, and not because of the scary monsters.
Whether you loved it or hated it, the fact of the matter is that Bird Box is truly a movie that defines our generation, especially since it is a Netflix original movie. Sandra Bullock stars in the film, which has a few pretty disturbing scenes and an overall troublesome storyline. But don't get it twisted, it wasn't the blood or the gore that is causing some heads to turn, it's one very specific scene that involves a train crash.
Fans are criticizing Netflix for including this train scene because it uses real footage from a train accident that happened in 2013. People have expressed mixed emotions about this scene, but Netflix is standing its ground.
Go ahead and take off your blindfold.
The numbers prove it.Netflix movie, and they claim that it was viewed by 80 million households in the U.S. within the first month of the release.
The Internet exploded in excellent memes.Whether they hated it or loved it, everyone was tweeting their reactions to the flick with some of the most hilarious memes the Internet had ever seen.
I mean, it swept the Internet off their feet.
Me thinking of adjectives to describe #BirdBox on Netflix https://t.co/GvbKDVHaxx— Throat Goat (@Throat Goat)1545531295.0
It left us all pretty emotional.I definitely cried at the ending in the midst of the emotional roller coaster that is the entire movie.
I mean, literally everyone saw it.
@KimKardashian kimberly like everyone in the entire world— chrissy teigen (@chrissy teigen)1546405810.0
Netflix was soaking in all the love.
Update: This number is now more than 80 million. Congratulations to my HEROES, Sandra Bullock and Susanne Bier https://t.co/yNCTSuZoKb— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm)1547759186.0
But with great power comes great controversy.
An intense moment that was made even more intense.
No special effects were used.Sandra Bullock turns on the TV to see the news report that madness is spreading all over, and flashes of a train accident show on screen, but these images were real and showed a horrible accident that happened a few years back.
This was a tragedy that spread all over the news.In 2013, an unattended 74-car train filled with crude oil derailed, leading to an explosion in the middle of Lac-Mégantic, a small town in Quebec, Canada.
It was truly a tragic event.47 people lost their lives due to the train derailment and over 30 buildings were destroyed from the fires. The whole town was affected greatly by this tragedy.
But Netflix easily got a hold of the footage.
Netflix's #BirdBox and #Travelers both use actual footage from the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, which killed 47… https://t.co/FgQc4Gh714— IndieWire (@IndieWire)1547753400.0
Fans were pretty upset.
@JustinWWaldrop @verge @TRVLRSseries The point is, don't use footage of a disaster where people died in your shlock… https://t.co/sL0QI2K457— crass iron skillet (@crass iron skillet)1547747102.0
There was a wide range of reactions to this scene and some people couldn't see eye to eye.
@kurrda @nytimesarts It’s a disaster where real people died and it shouldn’t be used to sell or make a movie scene— Former Leafs (@Former Leafs)1547764871.0
It got the attention of the mayor.
"The mayor of Lac-Mégantic, a #Quebec town that suffered from a tragic train derailment and explosion that killed a… https://t.co/RtXuTp3isE— Lana Gay (@Lana Gay)1547759151.0
Netflix is standing their ground.Despite the uproar, Netflix did not budge on their decision to include this scene in the movie.
Netflix was putting on a blindfold to the online protesting.
In spite of protests, Netflix will not remove real-life footage of the fatal Lac-Mégantic rail disaster from Bird B… https://t.co/hIpwmE4wQ4— The Verge (@The Verge)1547746276.0
Some fans were turning their heads, too.
@verge Bird Box isn’t the first movie to use real footage and it won’t be the last.— The Kurgan (@The Kurgan)1547765610.0
You can't change history.
@verge Why would it need to be removed from Bird Box or @TRVLRSseries? It happened. It was recorded. It can be lice… https://t.co/egukgWzpMQ— Justin W. Waldrop (@Justin W. Waldrop)1547746516.0
A lot of fans did agree that including this scene was pretty messed up.Netflix's blatant passive attitude towards this scene was obvious and a lot of fans thought it was insensitive.
It's all business.
@IndieWire 47 people died, families torn apart, a country mourns ... and @netflix finds a way to profit using the d… https://t.co/lWlbcxCmD9— Kris Phillips (@Kris Phillips)1547767186.0
People felt conflicted about this.
@TheLavinRant @TheCurrentCBC @SyracuseU maybe in movies based on real-life experiences or events... this is fiction… https://t.co/RWGsplawGZ— 💜#BLM⁷ (@💜#BLM⁷)1547788039.0
Is it necessary to tell a good story?
In the wake of images of the 2013 Lac Megantic disaster surfacing in a Netflix series, @SyracuseU professor Robert… https://t.co/JRDQ67BYsB— CBC Radio: The Current (@CBC Radio: The Current)1547732700.0
There was still no budging.
Netflix did speak up about the Bird Box Challenge.
Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know ho… https://t.co/4E1bsDxKGH— Netflix (@Netflix)1546452234.0
Because people were stupid enough to blindfold themselves while driving.
Driver who crashed while blindfolded was participating in ‘Bird Box Challenge,’ police say: https://t.co/fXiKMN8Xa1… https://t.co/JOqoGnn2kI— Yahoo Canada (@Yahoo Canada)1547492196.0
And a lot of people got hurt, like this poor kid.I know people will do a lot of things for laughs, but this wasn't the Internet's best challenge.
This isn't the first time this footage was used.
Netflix's #Travelers is a combination of Quantum Leap with Criminal Minds Level Action. https://t.co/DRUQOwxIEL https://t.co/eCN1TNFyLl— The Game of Nerds (@The Game of Nerds)1547856021.0
Time to do some re-editing.
Netflix to re-edit ‘Travelers’ episode with Lac-Mégantic rail disaster images https://t.co/372Mow6uoW https://t.co/8kIqJxK5Lv— MobileSyrup (@MobileSyrup)1547624161.0
'Bird Box' really made a wave.
@LanaGay #Netflix when they’re being called out for using footage of the horrific disaster in their record-breaking… https://t.co/m19oK3iWAQ— Name🌹 (@Name🌹)1547790596.0
We can all agree that the memes were gold.
the bird box creatures: hi me: https://t.co/fvyj3ZusU9— Frank Costa (@Frank Costa)1545869845.0
It was hard not to laugh at all of these.This is also Netflix producers looking at each other choosing who is going to speak up about the Lac-Mégantic scene when asked about it online.
This movie had everyone screaming.
Me each time boy or girl were about to take their blindfolds off in the forest #birdbox https://t.co/NVGkQgYWJD— what (@what)1545792798.0