'Peter Rabbit' Faces Backlash From Parents Over Allergy Scene

Featuring some very controversial blueberries.

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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.

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