Netflix Says It Won’t Pull Controversial Footage of Actual Deadly Incident From Bird Box
In the wake of streaming giant Netflix came under fire for including footage of a reality, deadly incident that happened in Canada in its breakout monster motion picture Bird Box, the organization said Thursday it won’t pull that imagery from the film.
Gone after remark about the contention, a Netflix representative told the Associated Press said that it “will keep the clip in the movie.” The clip in question depicts real film from the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster in 2013 that left 47 individuals dead and which has since been established as one of the most exceedingly bad rail occurrences in Canadian history. The imagery shows up in an early scene in the Susanne Bier-directed horror movie during a news broadcast about a strange marvel prompting mass passings (which, as we as a whole at this point clearly know, happen by suicide).
“We find that it’s really a lack of respect, to use these images as fiction and entertainment,” Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin told the Canadian Press in a report published Tuesday. “It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news.”
The imagery was sourced from stock footage provider Pond5, which says that its a large number of video clips incorporate news coverage and archival footage. A representative for the organization told Gizmodo in an announcement by email on Thursday that footage of the Lac-Mégantic rail was “was taken out of context” and added that “it’s very rare that something like this occurs.”
“We deeply regret that this happened and sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended, especially the victims and their families,” the company said.
Footage of the occurrence likewise surfaced in the third season of the science fiction arrangement Travelers, another Netflix joint from Toronto-based creation organization Peacock Alley Entertainment, which additionally sourced the footage from Pond5, as indicated by the Canadian Press. Carrie Mudd, a representative for the organization, told the outlet by email that it was “already working to replace the footage in the show” as of earlier this week.
Netflix told the Associated Press on Thursday it would investigate approaches to avoid a repeat of the incident later on—which appears to be insightful considering this isn’t the first time.
In spite of this entire mess, Bird Box—damned divisive as it might be—is by and by the organization’s golden child. Netflix said in a letter to its investors on Thursday that it assessed the film will be seen by in excess of 80 million member households in its initial a month on the stage.