Like most world-wide hits, Bird Box has gotten fans gripped to it. The psychological thriller winds down a terrifying, yet exhilarating tunnel of events. With crowd favorite Sandra Bullock playing the lead role, the movie showcases the journey of Malorie. The movie centers around a mother’s fight for the survival of her children over her own. With the post-apocalyptic scenario being one involving invisible mind-control-and-destroy-upon-eye-contact monsters, the protagonists of the movie traverse life blindfolded.
People have obviously gone berserk with the thrill and created a ‘Bird Box’ challenge now. This challenge requires participants to live a day in their life, blindfolded. In-fact, adrenaline junkies have seized the opportunity and stormed the internet with some crazy stuff they did while being blindfolded.
People are now taking up 24-48 hours Bird-Box challenges. We can only imagine the rush it might increase in the ER. Going about blindfolded in a busy city for a whopping 24 hours is definitely no joke.
Netflix Begs People To Stop
Regular folks driving, taking the subway, crossing the street or cooking – all this while being blindfolded, has gotten Netflix deeply worried. In light of the Bird-Box challenge fever, Netflix took to twitter to plead with the masses.
They wrote; “PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE.” they added, “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.”
After watching some of the Bird-Box challenge videos, we understood why Netflix is pleading people to stop ASAP!
The Mania That The Challenge Is
This bird box challenge is scary would not recommend pic.twitter.com/O8A3v3fCey— Jacob Weller (@Jacob_Weller16) January 8, 2019
Speaking of dangerous, one voluntarily blindfolded man walked on full speed and fell down a subway entrance’s steep staircase. He didn’t seem like he was moving much after it.
Another twitter user went ahead and blindfolded his dog! The poor puppy bumped into some walls (while looking absolutely adorable doing it) before finding its treat. Guys, can we please let leave animals out of this?!
Bird box challenge: Dog edition pic.twitter.com/u6WwIjI3qB— Patrick Barnes (@peebasaur) January 7, 2019
Some Are Not Impressed
However, the visually impaired feel this is a mark of ignorance and disrespect. Taking to twitter, the National Federation of the Blind said,
They’re going to get the wrong idea about blind people, and what blindness is actually like.National Federation Of the Blind
I've seen the #BirdBoxChallenge all over social media lately. As someone with low vision and a blindness cane user, it worries me to see many unsafe and inaccurate videos about doing tasks with no vision. Here is a thread on safe and positive alternatives to the viral challenge— Veronica Lewis (@veron4ica) January 5, 2019
All said and done, it doesn’t seem like the challenge is stopping anytime soon. Moving on from being blindfolded for 24 hours, people have now started a new challenge. There are some who are taking up ‘Watch Bird Box Blindfolded’ challenge. Well, at least it’s safer than wandering the streets blindfolded.
Keeping in mind the safety of all out there, we hope no one hurts themselves real bad doing the Bird Box challenge. Hopefully, there’ll soon be a studio for ones who want to experience ‘Bird Box’. At least it will be safe to move around blindfolded in the comfort of a room. Till then, be safe peeps!