Like most people, I was extremely bored in the period between Christmas and New Year, and again, like most people, I found myself rinsing the best shows and films Netflix has to offer to pass the time.
One such film was Bird Box – the Sandra Bullock-led psychological horror about a woman navigating her children to safety in a post-apocalyptic world where unseen monsters cause people to kill themselves.
I only really watched it because people were banging on about it so much, calling it ‘the most terrifying film ever’ and that they ‘couldn’t sleep because of it’. (It also broke a Netflix record in its first week).
In my humble opinion, it was a distinctly average film with an unoriginal plot (A Quiet Place, anyone?) and uninspiring characters.
Nevertheless, it has inspired in another way, as people are now attempting to complete everyday tasks while completely blindfolded under the hashtag #BirdBoxChallenge.
Check out these people doing it:
God I hate YouTubers.
Have they genuinely got nothing else to do with their lives? It’s not even remotely entertaining.
Much like the “In My Feelings” challenge from last summer, the trend is now getting so out of hand that people are actually getting hurt. Netflix itself stepped in on Wednesday to tell everyone to “not end up in the hospital due to memes.”
The company wrote:
“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.”
Here’s how people reacted:
“Blindfold yourself and cross the road.”
“No, dude, that’s dangerous.”
“Bird Box challenge!”
“Hell yea I’m in!!” pic.twitter.com/M3454yTCzK
— 9GAG (@9GAG) 3 January 2019
You know people doing this can’t see this tweet……because they are blindfolded
— Hunter Boggs (@thehunterboggs) 3 January 2019
…Back to Tide Pods..?
— JoelHeyman (@JoelHeyman) 3 January 2019
Ok, Dad. pic.twitter.com/ygpAEaENcp
— AskMen (@AskMen) 2 January 2019
It’s not a challenge.
It’s natural selection in action.
Let nature do its work.
— Nathan Needs More Coffee (@Its_N8_Again) 3 January 2019
I was really hopeful that 2019 would be a lot different to the previous year.
My optimism was misguided.
People are still just as stupid as ever.
Images via Twitter/Netflix