Netflix is being slammed over its use of footage from a real-life tragedy in the fictional hit Bird Box. The giant streamer says it has no plans to remove the footage, which appears early on in a movie.
The fatal accident occurred in Canada in 2013, and killed more than 40 people when a train carrying crude oil derailed in a town outside of Quebec. In addition to several dozen fatalities, dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed.
The mayor of Lac-Megantic, Julie Morin, told local reporters "we are looking for assurances from Netflix that. . . they are going to remove them. You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side."
Netflix is not the first outlet to use footage from the tragedy in a fictional depiction. The sci-fi drama Travelers used stock footage of the incident in a Season 3 episode.