Netflix’s Bird Box is inciting new outrage among viewers—and this time it has nothing to do with that dangerous viral challenge.
The company has confirmed to Mashable that footage used in one of the film’s disaster scenes depicts the very real aftermath of a 2013 train derailment in Quebec, which resulted in a widespread fire that killed 47 people and destroyed much of the surrounding town of Lac-Mégantic.
The clip appears early in the film, as Malorie (Sandra Bullock) flips through TV channels portraying different scenes from the apocalypse. One briefly shows the silhouette of a train engulfed in flames.
This is the second time this specific footage, provided by stock image company Pond 5, has been used in a Netflix original project. It first appeared in an episode of Netflix’s Travelers—although the series’ production company recently apologized for using the footage without first identifying the source, and promised in a statement to remove the clips.
Per a conversation with Mashable, Netflix has determined that they will not do the same in the case of Bird Box and the film will remain as is.
The full source clip of the incident can be seen below. Netflix’s application of the clip in Bird Box can be found at time stamp 1:59:31.
“We find that it’s really a lack of respect, to use these images as fiction and entertainment,” Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin said in a statement to the Canadian Press earlier this week. “It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news. Just imagine, to have them used as fiction, as if they were invented.”
Notably, the use of news-based stock footage in entertainment is a well established and common practice, but viewers continue to question the legitimacy of exploiting a massive tragedy.