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Moviegoers Are Warning People About Flashing Lights in Incredibles 2

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This post has been updated to reflect Disney’s request to post warnings at theaters about the movie. A second update includes information about the modified version of the film for the U.K.’s release.

Disney Pixar’s highly anticipated Incredibles 2 premiered on Friday, but some moviegoers are warning people about the strobe lights throughout the movie.

Strobe lights, or lights that flash at a high speed, can be dangerous for people with epilepsy, migraines or other chronic illnesses. Veronica Lewis, who blogs about vision impairment and chronic illness, posted a Twitter thread warning people about the movie.

While Lewis isn’t calling for a boycott or changes to the movie, she said she wishes Disney Pixar, as well as movie theaters, would post warnings about the potential health concerns. She noted other venues of entertainment do this on a regular basis. Amusement parks post strobe light warnings on some rides. Concerts, video games, etc. have warnings as well.

After Lewis’ thread went viral, Disney asked all theaters showing the film to include warnings about the flashing lights, Variety reported. Lewis tweeted pictures of the posted warnings for moviegoers who are “susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy and other photosensitivities.”

Lewis told The Mighty she experiences photosensitive migraines connected to Arnold-Chiari malformation, a brain condition that leads to low vision, balance problems, migraines and other chronic pain. The movie gave her a migraine, and she wanted to let others know about this potential problem as soon as possible.

Twitter users have thanked Lewis for warning them about the movie. They also mentioned that the flashing lights could be an issue for people with sensory processing disorders or people on the autism spectrum.

One Twitter user pointed out that movies usually go through a safety check called the Harding test, which checks for risk to people with photosensitive seizures, but does not include other health concerns.

The film will be released in the U.K. on July 13. On July 6, the British Board of Film Classification emailed Lewis that the organization recently reviewed a modified version of the film that passes the Harding test. This modified version will be released in the U.K.

Originally published: June 16, 2018
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