Is The Bird Box Challenge a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen?

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on January 15, 2019 12:30 PM

Critics -- not the movie kind -- say the "Bird Box" challenge is stupid.

The challenge is based on the movie, a horror flick that shows people stumbling through life blind-folded because they fear seeing a presence that makes people kill themselves. Like seeing the Medusa, if they look they die.

In real life, however, people are blind-folding themselves Bird Box style and doing some really dumb things.

The Netflix Hit

Netflix had a hit on its hands when the movie came out. But the company warned people not to do this at home.

Apparently, some people can't read (which happens when you wear a blindfold). One fool tried the Bird Box challenge while driving.

To be fair, the movie includes driving-while-blindfolded scenes. But really, who does that NOT on a movie set?

That would be a 17-year-old girl in Utah. She pulled a beanie over her eyes, lost control of her car, skidded across the road and hit another car and a light pole.

Is there a cause of action for "are-you-kidding-me" gross negligence?

What's Next, Flicks?

Fortunately, nobody was hurt. But sooner or later, somebody will pay the price for seeking celebrity by recording their stupidity on a cell phone.

Last year, it was the Kiki challenge and a guy dancing in the street. This year, blind-folded alligator wrestlers are doing the Bird Box challenge in a swamp.

It could get worse. Some lawyer could file a personal injury lawsuit and blame the movie.

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