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I know many children were excited for the release of Peter Rabbit, and parents seemed excited too, until they saw the food allergy bullying scene.
In the movie, the character of Mr. McGregor is allergic to blueberries. The rabbits began throwing blueberries at him, knowing that he is allergic to them, forcing Mcgregor to use his EpiPen. Parents have called for a boycott of the movie, saying it makes light of the important of food allergies.
The studio and filmmakers say that they, “Sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize.”
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 (@DoctorChristian) February 12, 2018