I just ran across a post that is quite thoughtful about the mental illness stigma rife in Bird Box.
Unfortunately, to make the point, the headline for the essay uses blindness as a metaphor for ignorance!: “Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ is blind to the issue of stigmatizing mental illness”.
This is precisely the problem with all those #birdbox viral memes. Again and again, the idea is that not being able to see is a metaphor for ignorance, intentional ignorance, and injustice.
Same goes with the allegory to race and white supremacy – let’s not make important points about the oppression of one group with metaphorical gestures equating another group with ignorance. This thoughtfulness about language is very important.
Check out my original post on this topic.