Netflix to keep controversial ‘Bird Box’ footage despite criticism

Netflix to keep controversial ‘Bird Box’ footage despite criticism
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Netflix confirmed Thursday it will not remove footage of a real train disaster from 2013 from its hit film “Bird Box.”

A Netflix spokesperson told the Associated Press “We will keep the clip in the movie,” but acknowledged that the company will handle such situations differently in the future.

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Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The controversy surrounds the use of real footage from a 2013 disaster in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, killing 47 people. 

“Unfortunately, they will be, for us here, forever ingrained in our mind and we can recognize them immediately, and then they are being used as if they are happening somewhere else. That's where it's difficult to see,” Marie-Claude Arguin, deputy city manager for Lac-Megantic, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Lac-Megantic Mayor Julie Morin spoke with a Netflix representative Thursday, saying in a statement to the AP she was “satisfied” with the exchange and said Netfix was “sensitive to our citizens’ recovery.”

Netflix licensed the footage from stock image vendor Pond 5, which told the AP that the footage “was taken out of context” and that it was seeking an apology from the streaming service. The footage was also used in Netflix’s “Travelers.”