Netflix Removes 'Bird Box' Footage of Real-Life Tragedy After Backlash

Lawrence Kim
March 15, 2019

Netflix and the people behind the hit movie came under fire for using real footage of the 2013 rail disaster to depict a nuclear attack on London.

In the film, footage from the actual catastrophe was featured in a sequence showcasing the world descending into apocalyptic chaos. They also apologised, saying: "We're sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community".

"The move was expected by respect for the victims of this awful tragedy, their families and the entire community of Lac-Mégantic", said Nathalie Roy, Quebec's minister of culture and communications.

A spokesman for the company told The Canadian Press that "Netflix and the filmmakers of Bird Box have made a decision to replace the clip", adding they're "sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Megantic community". The tragedy claimed the lives of 47 individuals in the Quebec town when a 74-car freight train carrying crude oil derailed, resulting in an explosion.

Now, two months later, Netflix has responded to the public outcry and removed the footage from the film.

"The move was expected by respect for the victims of this terrible tragedy, their families and the entire community of Lac-Mégantic".

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