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Long ago I was told that warning labels were needed because people actually tried to do whatever the label was warning you about. Over the years, I’ve seen some pretty interesting ones. Here we are, years later, and with another one you can file under stupid. Netflix is warning people to not hurt themselves by taking the Bird Box Challenge: blindfolding yourself and trying to perform tasks like in their new thriller starring Sandra Bullock.

While the challenge and premise could be fun to try in a safe environment, the internet has more than a few posts from people hurting themselves, or others, while undertaking it. Viewed over by over 45 million Netflix accounts, it’s no wonder that people are trying this out. Take a look at a few examples below — Darwin Awards anyone?

YouTuber Morgan Adams even took the challenge for 24 hours…

…and then you have these guys outside in NYC attempting it as well:

The National Federation of the Blind is going a step further and actually condemning the Bird Box Challenge.

“It is generally a bad idea for people who are not blind to blindfold themselves to try and experience blindness. They’re going to get the wrong idea about blind people, and what blindness is actually like. When sighted people blindfold themselves, and perform any given task, they usually find it difficult or impossible – which reinforces the stereotype that blind people can’t do anything for themselves.”

National Federation of the Blind statement

What do you think about the fact Netflix has had to warn people to be safe while taking this challenge? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.

Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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