A Netflix original movie starring Sandra Bullock called “Bird Box” is taking the world by storm.
The psychological thriller features a group of people who have to learn to live without their eyesight after “an entity” causes them to want to take their own lives.
However, as a result, people began making fun of the movie by creating the “Bird Box Challenge” and attempting to go through life wearing a blindfold like they do in the film.
This has been the result of the social media challenge:
— Bird Box Memes (@birdboxmemes) December 27, 2018
Taking on the #BirdBoxChallenge
— Tim Elliott (@TheTimReport) January 3, 2019
— Melissa Chase (@MChaseRadio) January 3, 2019
— Wes Finesse 𓅓 (@rwharris95) December 26, 2018
— Enrique Ruano (@enrique_ruanox) December 28, 2018
However, because of how dangerous the Bird Box Challenge can get, Netflix and other law enforcement agencies have since issued warnings to those thinking about attempting it themselves.
Netflix wrote on Twitter:
Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.
And the Sheriff’s Department in Boynton Beach, Florida followed suit:
We can’t believe we have to say this either – but just in case – do not even think about putting on a blindfold and getting behind the wheel of a car! Your final destination will either be jail or the morgue.
The challenge has also upset those who are actually visually impaired: (Warning: Language used in some of the tweets may be found offensive to some.)
If Netflix viewers really want to know what it’s like navigating life without vision why don’t they just ask someone that is blind. Then they can learn something AND experience a little empathy at the same time. Also:Birdbox Challenge=Stupid. #Netflix #BirdBoxChallenge
— Runs With Scissors (@DKumper) January 3, 2019
Hey morons taking the #BirdBoxChallenge ….from a severely visually impaired guy….Fuck you. Blindness isn’t a game, it’s not fun or cute. It is the height of ableism and deeply offensive.
— Zimmy (@ABZimm) January 3, 2019
Y'all know blind people exist and function in society right? #BirdBoxChallenge
— Amanda Moses (@WarPizza) January 2, 2019
It’s like your parents used to tell you, “it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.”