Netflix has been criticized for using stock footage of Canada’s Lac-Megantic rail tragedy in movie Bird Box. According to the BBC, Netflix has said it will not be removing the brief clip used early in the film to depict a fictional news story about an apocalyptic scenario. Netflix was unavailable for comment.
More than 40 people died in the 2013 incident when a train carrying crude oil derailed in the Quebec town. The mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Julie Morin, has criticized Netflix for using the footage, telling local press, “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”
It turns out Sandra Bullock starrer Bird Box isn’t the only Netflix production to contain images of the deadly train wreck. Earlier this week, similar footage was revealed to have been used in the Canadian-American sci-fi drama Travelers.
The show’s producers, Peacock Alley Entertainment, said in a statement that it acquired footage from stock footage seller Pond 5 “and weren’t aware of its specific source.” It apologized, saying it did not mean to dishonor the tragic event in the town, and that it would be replacing the footage.
Bird Box is no stranger to media controversy having served as the inspiration for the so-called Bird Box Challenge.