Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Netflix movie ‘Bird Box’ draws 80m viewers, no data for ‘Roma’

Netflix movie ‘Bird Box’ draws 80m viewers, no data for ‘Roma’

Despite many people speaking out about the footage, including the mayor of Lac-Mégantic, the town where the event occurred, Netflix has made a decision to not do anything about it.

The footage was taken from a train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec in July 2013.

Netflix's Bird Box has been heavily criticised after it emerged that the film uses real-life footage taken from the Lac-Megantic disaster. The 74-car train derailed into the town itself, caught fire, and exploded.

An enormous number of Netflix viewers watched Bird Box, the Sandra Bullock-starring adaptation of Josh Malerman's best-selling novel about a better-unseen apocalyptic threat to humanity.

Why is everyone obsessed with Bird Box?

A high school ethics teacher was the one to discover that the sci-fi series Travelers made use of the Lac-Megantic disaster footage.

"I don't know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that...they are going to remove them", Morin told The Globe and Mail.

Per a conversation with Mashable, Netflix has determined that they will not do the same in the case of Bird Box and the film will remain as is.

Using that same metric, though, Netflix also estimates that You and Sex Education - two extremely buzzy new series just released on the service - will have reached an estimate 40 million households in their first four weeks of release.

The production company that produced and likely edited the film for Netflix, Peacock Alley Entertainment, has since apologized for the turn of events. Netflix had no comment.

The company that sold the stock footage to "Travelers" said it's saddened that images of the tragedy were used for entertainment.

Producers of another Netflix show, however, announced they would be replacing the same footage used in an episode after outrage. YouTube is cracking down on a wave of users committing so-called "Bird Box Challenges" - like driving a vehicle while blindfolded. "We've updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we prohibit challenges presenting a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they're in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress".

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