'Peter Rabbit' Faces Backlash From Parents Over Allergy Scene
Featuring some very controversial blueberries.
Peter Rabbit only hit theaters a few days ago and already the film is generating serious criticism. Many parents are calling for a boycott of the film, alleging it makes light of food allergies. The scene in question shows rabbits throwing blackberries at the character Tom McGregor, who is allergic to the fruit. McGregor then collapses after injecting himself with an EpiPen.
Sony Pictures has already apologized for the scene, but many continue to use the hashtag #boycottpeterrabbit on social media to call for the film’s boycott. Those who criticize the Peter Rabbit scene says it makes a joke of bullying other for food allergies, which can cause severe problems in schools.
“Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit’s arch nemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way. We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize,” Sony said in a statement.
Would you take your kids to go see Peter Rabbit in light of the recent controversy? Read some reactions from parents on Twitter below, and for more in entertainment news, check out the new trailer for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
This is pretty poor judgement by the filmmakers. It's so important for kids to learn early on how serious allergies can be. Peter Rabbit film criticised for depicting 'allergy bullying' | Film | The Guardian #boycottpeterrabbit #allergies https://t.co/eKuA8f8dtX
— Rosalind Hart (@RosalindHart11) February 11, 2018
As a mother of a toddler allergic to several foods, I am disgusted that Sony would make a joke out of flicking an allergen at a food allergic individual. Doing so is felony aggravated assault! What kind of message does that scene send to kids?! #boycottpeterrabbit
— hydrogirl71 (@hydrogirl71) February 10, 2018
— Michelle (@DecaturMichelle) February 10, 2018
Raincoats may be cute, but to support a movie that promotes bullying to children with food allergies is disgusting. Shame on @SonyPictures for finding humor in bullying children like my daughter. Sickening. #BoycottPeterRabbit @FoodAllergyBuzz @FoodAllergy https://t.co/RDSeXX96a6
— Tom Murray (@thomascmurray) February 10, 2018
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