Earlier this month, Netflix was under fire for using footage of a Canadian tragedy in their recent post-apocalyptic, thriller film, Bird Box. Now, even the Canadian government is getting involved. The Government of Canada believes that Netflix should pay the victims of the Lac-Mégantic Disaster for featuring the disaster footage in Bird Box.
The Canadian government is now taking action against Netflix using footage of a Canadian tragedy "as entertainment" in Bird Box. Yesterday, Canada’s Parliament passed a motion that said Netflix should pay the people of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, for using footage of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, according to Market Watch.
Not only is the government asking Netflix to financially compensate those affected by Lac-Mégantic tragedy that took place in Quebec, but they are also calling for the streaming giant to completely remove all footage of the Canadian tragedy from Bird Box.
Members of the Canadian Parliament voted yesterday to demand that Netflix take out any footage of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic tragedy from the films that used it, namely Bird Box.
In response to the government's motion, Netflix refused to comment yesterday. They only referred to a letter the streaming service sent last week in response to Quebec’s culture minister worries over the footage being featured, according to Market Watch.
In the letter, Netflix public policy director Corie Wright said the company "understands that many feel frustration and sadness at seeing images of this tragic event," but it cannot make changes to "finished content".
Pierre Nantel, a legislator with the New Democrat party, introduced the motion to Parliament this week. He said it is unacceptable for Netflix not to remove the footage.
"We know people are going to go and watch this film, and again these real images will be used," he said. "For people in Lac-Mégantic, they saw images of their own downtown burning, and could imagine their own family members in it".
The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster footage appears 4:59 minutes into Bird Box. It's shown in a scene where the main character, played by Sandra Bullock, is watching the news on TV and the disaster is shown in a news report.
See the footage of the 2013 rail disaster in Bird Box below.
Bird Box was one of the most popular Netflix movies of 2018. Many people praised the post-apocalyptic film. However, the movie sparked major public backlash when it was revealed that Netflix used footage from a real Canadian tragedy to entertain viewers.
Source: Market Watch