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‘Bird Box’ memes birth ‘can’t hear, can’t speak, can’t see’ supermeme

It's actually a great triple feature.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Dec 31, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:30 pm CDT

The Netflix original film Bird Box has been having a good week—according to Netflix. While the Sandra Bullock thriller wasn’t necessarily critically acclaimed, over the holiday it became a meme, and now it’s mutated even further, giving way to the “can’t hear, can’t speak, can’t see meme.”

Combine Bird Box, in which people try to survive a mysterious monster by blindfolding themselves; this summer’s A Quiet Place, in which people try to survive monsters attuned to sound; and Mike Flanagan’s 2016 thriller Hush, in which a writer who is deaf tries to thwart a serial killer in her home, and you’ve got a supermeme that also makes for a pretty good triple feature.

A few people even roped in another meme-ready Netflix title, the interactive Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

Last week, Netflix denied that it was spreading Bird Box memes, after several Twitter users claimed bot accounts were pushing them out. The @NetflixFilm account also tweeted that more than 45 million accounts had watched Bird Box in its first seven days, a figure tallied from viewers watching at least 70 percent of the film. Netflix did not give any further details.

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*First Published: Dec 31, 2018, 10:58 am CST