It's been several months since people have finally stopped talking about Bird Box and it looks like Netflix has finally addressed one of the film's most pressing issues. The streaming giant has just agreed to remove the controversial footage featured in the Sandra Bullock film.
Back in January, people bombarded Netflix with demands to remove real-life footage from the Lac-Mégantic railroad tragedy in Canada. The film featured a fleeting glimpse at the 2013 train disaster that took 47 lives. The stock image vendor Pond 5, which provided Netflix with the footage, had already apologized for its improper use. However, the streaming service initially refused to take the footage out of the movie.
Things have certainly changed since then. According to Gizmodo, a spokesperson from Netflix sent them an emailed statement which reads as follows:
“Netflix and the filmmakers of Bird Box have decided to replace the clip. We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community.”
Interestingly, Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin had previously met with a Netflix representative and was unable to get them to remove the footage. Nevertheless, she confirmed that the streaming giant will be more careful moving forward.
“They’ve committed to reflecting with their partners on the use of these images so that the situation does not repeat itself. We also felt they were sensitive to our citizens’ recovery. I’m satisfied with this exchange,” Morin said in a statement.
Netflix had also dealt with the controversial Bird Box challenge where people would blindfold themselves before trying to go about their regular routine.