Netflix has finally said that it will remove footage take from a rail disaster in Canada from its hit film Bird Box.
The streaming giant faced huge backlash after it confirmed the movie contained a clip from the deadly Lac-Mégantic tragedy in which 47 people lost their lives.
After increasing pressure Netflix has confirmed in a statement to TheWrap that it has “decided to replace the clip.”
“We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community,” the streaming giant said.
Canada’s Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, praised Netflix’s decision on Twitter.
In a message posted originally in French, Nathalie wrote: “This result shows that by being united and pooling our efforts, everything is possible.”
Ce geste était attendu par respect pour les victimes de cet horrible drame, leurs proches et toute la communauté de #LacMégantic. Ce résultat démontre qu’en étant solidaires et en mettant nos efforts en commun, tout est possible. https://t.co/fxLUzhPkpv#MCC #PolQc #AssNat
— Nathalie Roy (@NathalieRoyCAQ) March 14, 2019
In the wake of the backlash, Canada sought compensation from Netflix.
“For people in Lac-Megantic, they saw images of their own downtown burning, and could imagine their own family members in it,” said Canadian legislator Pierre Nantel.
On July 6, 2013, an unattended 74-car freight train carrying oil derailed in Quebec and killed over 40 people. The explosions and fires destroyed homes in the local area, with the Canadian government declaring Lac-Mégantic as a national disaster.
Footage from the disaster also featured in Netflix’s sci-fi drama Travelers.
Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin told Canada’s National Press at the time that she was outraged by Netflix’s lack of respect.
She said, “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.”
Morin continued, “I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that… they are going to remove [the footage]. You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”