Netflix’s blockbuster original movie “Bird Box” and its science-fiction original series “Travelers” are being criticized for using real footage from the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. The train accident occurred July 6, 2013 in Quebec, Canada and left 47 people dead, making it the fourth-deadliest rail accident in Canadian history. Footage of the accident appears in “Bird Box” early on in order to show the world descending into madness following the arrival of mysterious entities who force those who look at them to kill themselves.
Julie Morin, mayor of Lac-Mégantic, issued a statement to the Canadian publication The Globe and Mail taking issue with the use of the footage in a fictional context. “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. “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”
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