Last week became apparent For several Canadian viewers, the material being used in some Netflix movies was actually a recent tragedy in Quebec, where a train derailed 47 people.
Although many people talking about the images, including the mayor of Lac-Mégantic, the city where the event occurred, Netflix decided to do nothing about it.
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TL, DR Despite appeals from residents of Lac-Mégantic, Netflix will not remove the images of the 2013 train crash from its original films or television series. A spokesman for Netflix is scheduled to speak to the mayor of Lac-Mégantic on the subject today.
If there's someone who thinks everything's fine because a film company has rights to it, imagine a show or fictional film needing a video of a random building being demolished and deciding that the World Trade Center on September 11 is perfect. #Netflix #birdbox lacmégantic
– Barbara M (@chckndnce) January 17, 2019
According to the CBC, Netflix contacted the city's mayor to sit down today and discuss the use of the footage on at least two confirmed Netflix originals.
So far, the footage was noted in the original Netflix movie Bird box as well as the series Travelers. In both cases, filming is used as news news within productions.
However, many that the use of real-life images within fictional narratives can trivialize and sensationalise the tragedy at the same time.
Members of the family Those who have lost their loved ones in the disaster are forced to face the horrors again, while viewers who know nothing are led to assume that the recording is a false fire or a CGI creation.
The tragedy occurred when the brake system of a train failed, allowing the train to roll down the hill to the city and derail. The collision caused an explosion and a huge fire when the train carried crude oil.
As a company as rich as #Netflix produce a film as #BirdBox without checking where they got the footage from? Using the #LacMegantic train footage where 47 people died in a movie is simply wrong and nasty
– ❄️?Nurse Bee, RN ??☃️ (@fitnursebee) January 17, 2019
The explosion and the ensuing fire caused 47 deaths and destroyed nearly half of the city center, including 30 buildings.
The production company who produced and probably edited the movie for Netflix, Peacock Alley Entertainment, apologized for the turn of events.
While they seemingly have no intention of removing the video clips directly from the movies, they said they will try to replace them if they can.
That would mean find similar scenes while simultaneously trying to ensure the clips are not from another fatal incident.
My heart goes to the residents of Lac Megantic, who were once again victimized with images of the fire that killed 47 of its residents being used by the Netflix series and film.
– LeeAnn Lessard (@LeeAnn_Lessard) January 17, 2019
The film company who provided Netflix with the material, Pond5, purchased the mobile videos from an anonymous contributor.
They have already admitted they should do better to inform clients and clients about the true nature of the events filmed in order to avoid such problems in the future.
Any word if they have removed the footage from your database or will stop selling it.