The streaming giant Netflix needs to remove its own blindfold before warning the public about the "Bird Box Challenge," say two pro-family groups.
Netflix issued the warning after it aired the movie starring Sandra Bullock, who protects herself and her children from unseen evil forces by wearing blindfolds, and the public decided to attempt to perform tasks blindfolded, too.
The warning to the public didn't go unnoticed by the Parents Television Council and the American Family Association. Both organizations have been urging Netflix to yank "13 Reasons Why," a controversial TV series based on the book of the same title about a bullied teen who left messages behind for the people she blamed for her suicide.
Yet the TV show, which has enjoyed good ratings for Netflix, has been directly linked to teen suicides.
"They're not willing to acknowledge that people are influenced by '13 Reasons Why' though they are clearly acknowledging here that people are being influenced by 'Bird Box,'" complains PTC spokesperson Melissa Henson.
AFA partnered with its movie studio, American Family Studios, to produce a brief documentary about the death of Alabama teen Anna Bright, who died after binge-watching the series.
The documentary includes interviews with her parents, who contacted AFA to warn others about the show.
AFA also launched an online petition urging Netflix to pull the TV series, a long shot-effort considering the show is a huge hit for the multi-billion dollar corporation.
AFA has also asked for a face-to-face meeting with CEO Reed Hastings (pictured at left) and to date has never received a response from him or his company.
By cautioning viewers to not walk around blindfolded, says AFA spokesman Ed Vitagliano, Netflix is admitting that viewers are influenced by the movies and TV shows they watch.
The corporation was already lacking any "moral responsibility" by keeping "13 Reasons Why" on the air, he says, and now its hypocrisy is on "full display."