Of all the reasons to find the new family film Peter Rabbit offensive — it squanders Domhnall Gleeson; it relegates comedy queen Rose Byrne to the role of “girlfriend”; it isn’t Paddington or Paddington 2 — the one that really struck a chord is what some concerned parents are calling “allergy bullying.”
In one scene from the Sony Pictures film (based on the stories of Beatrix Potter about a rabbit who feuds with a farmer), CGI rabbits throw blackberries at Gleeson’s character despite knowing he is allergic to them. The human character goes into anaphylactic shock and even needs to be injected with an EpiPen.
The film opened this past weekend and some parents’ groups took to Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottPeterRabbit, calling the scene irresponsible and enraging.
I will be posting more about this tomorrow. I’m enraged. I thought the new peter rabbit movie looked stupid from the previews. Had no idea they were going to mock #foodallergies. We have to move, folks. We have to make our voices heard on this. https://t.co/P71zQb252b
— Food Allergy Arsenal (@allergyarsenal) February 10, 2018
**Warning** For those who have children that live with food allergies (like mine), do NOT go see the new Peter Rabbit movie. Finding “humor” in bullying by Peter & friends to an allergy friend (who then needs an Epi) is sickening. Shame on @SonyPictures #BoycottPeterRabbit
— Tom Murray (@thomascmurray) February 10, 2018
On Peter Rabbit gate: anaphylaxis kills. Kids copy what they see. Foods people are most often allergic to are easily available.l (and easily thrown!) I don’t think this is just a massive sense of humour failure but not was there any malintent on the part of the film makers.
— Dr Christian Jessen …read more
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