Netflix refuse to remove footage of real-life train crash from 'Bird Box'
18 January 2019, 14:27 | Updated: 18 January 2019, 15:40
The footage is from a 2013 train disaster in Quebec, Canada, which resulted in 47 deaths.
Netflix will not remove footage from a real-life train crash which is featured in 'Bird Box'. The movie, which shows how the world is almost wiped out when a mysterious force drives people to take their own lives, used stock footage of the Lac-Mégantic disaster in a fictional news report within the first five minutes of the film to show how the world was in chaos.
The clip was taken from the horrific 2013 incident, in which a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, resulting in the death of 47 people. It was one of the worst disasters in modern Canadian history and a number of buildings were also flattened by the explosions.
Hundreds of people called for Netflix to remove the footage, while Lac-Mégantic mayor Julie Morin also spoke out. "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 said in an interview, Canada's The Globe and Mail reported. "You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side."
Now, it's very common for studios to use stock images from real-life events in films. Netflix acquired the footage from Pond 5, a New York-based stock media supplier, which licenses images and video. The controversial footage that Bird Box used was also in Canadian science fiction series Travelers, but they are reportedly working to remove the images.
However, Netflix spokesman told Associated Press that the streaming service weren't planning to cut the disaster scene from Bird Box, stating: "We will keep the clip in the movie." But they added that going forward, Netflix will be looking at ways to do things differently.
Netflix's decision to keep the clip in Bird Box left people divided online.
I love the fact Netflix isn’t removing the train wreck footage in #Birdbox .. The world needs to stop being so soft— Chance (@imchancesutton) January 18, 2019
How does a company as wealthy as #Netflix produce a movie like #BirdBox without checking where they got stock footage from? Using the #LacMegantic train crash footage where 47 people died in a movie is simply wrong & distasteful— ❄️🎄Nurse Bee, RN 🤶🏻☃️ (@fitnursebee) January 17, 2019
Why would it need to be removed from Bird Box or @TRVLRSseries? It happened. It was recorded. It can be licensed. Sweeping it under the rug won't change history.— Justin W. Waldrop (@JustinWWaldrop) January 17, 2019
Using real footage of death and destruction as a prop in a movie is disgusting. #Netflix and the creator of #BirdBox are disgusting. What next? Will they use the James Foley ISIS beheading video in an action movie? #BirdBoxNetflix https://t.co/yMbxqeDFLk— Partisangirl 🇸🇾 (@Partisangirl) January 18, 2019
It's not disgusting. In fact, it's not even important. Lac-Mégantic happened, and putting the footage in the film will change nothing.— Francis Roy (@FrancisRoyCA) January 18, 2019
The point is, don't use footage of a disaster where people died in your shlocky horror movie because it's in extremely bad taste to do so— Crass Iron Skillet (@SouthrnGothHick) January 17, 2019