In the hit Netflix movie Bird Box, characters must wear blindfolds at all times while outside (even while driving) to avoid seeing the monstrous creatures whose appearance causes humans to go insane. What should go without saying is that we do not live in the Bird Box universe, so no one should attempt to drive with a blindfold on.
Sadly, many human beings, curious to see whether they can navigate their lives without sight (as the characters in Bird Box did) have been attempting the “Bird Box Challenge.” The rules of the challenge are simple: do something you’d normally do, but you must now be blindfolded.
For tasks like making the bed or putting on shoes, the results are fun and harmless. For situations like driving a car, people’s curiosity can result in real danger.
Despite Netflix’s warnings “not to replicate the movie,” a 17-year-old driver in Layton, Utah, crashed her car into another while driving blindfolded. A 16-year-old was in the car with her, but, thanks to some extraordinary luck, no one was injured.
Bird Box Challenge while driving...predictable result. This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries. pic.twitter.com/4DvYzrmDA2— Layton Police (@laytonpolice) January 11, 2019
While many of the challenge videos are harmless, Netflix has had to warn many to be conscious of the risks. In some videos, a “woman nearly burned herself on a heater, a boy repeatedly crashed into furniture with his tricycle, and a blindfolded toddler slammed into a wall.”
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.— Netflix US (@netflix) January 2, 2019
Twitter is collectively facepalming over people’s willingness to put themselves at risk:
She shouldn’t be allowed to drive.— Jon (@Jonman360) January 11, 2019
It shouldn’t take an advanced degree to realize driving with a blindfold on is a BAD idea.
There should be EXTRA charges for doing this intentionally!— Jericho3K (@Jericho3K) January 11, 2019
that's enough internet for me today— Cocaine Mitch (@ABIDEKAJ) January 11, 2019
if someone hit me and told me it was cause the bird box challenge, i’d beat their ass https://t.co/zEIa47Xnc7— 𝖘𝖔𝖋𝖎 (@sxfivx) January 12, 2019
In the meantime, however, there have been a few examples of the challenge going off without a hitch!
Bird box challenge: Dog edition pic.twitter.com/u6WwIjI3qB— Patrick Barnes (@peebasaur) January 7, 2019
The real birdbox challenge 💞 pic.twitter.com/uuBKdkJIjV— Perfect Boyfriend! (@GentIemenNotes) January 12, 2019
Footballers doing the Birdbox challenge pic.twitter.com/EVQNkFj5wd— N🎗️ (@Messi_Nutmegs) January 13, 2019
The Bird Box Challenge was also attempted several times in popular culture long before the movie ever came out…
Ricky Bobby did the bird box challenge first pic.twitter.com/PfdnaUNlW0— Jonny_Mud (@jonny_mud) December 31, 2018
Anastasia did the Bird Box challenge already. pic.twitter.com/ezM8qsEyXh— ʜᴀᴠᴀɴᴀ ᴏʜ ɴᴀ ɴᴀ 🍒 (@ivyjane_wp) January 10, 2019
Not too familiar with this whole Bird Box Challenge thing, but SpongeBob did it way before it was cool. pic.twitter.com/ZKPorpKFgh— John Jackson (@John97Jackson) January 13, 2019
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Bird Box on Netflix! Maybe don’t worry too much about trying the Bird Box Challenge, and definitely don’t bother if you’re on the road.