‘Peter Rabbit’ Movie Mocks Food Allergy & EpiPen, Angers Parents Of Kids With Allergies
The film “Peter Rabbit” has outraged parents of children with allergies.
The family-friendly movie, which earned $25 million this past weekend, features the character Mr. McGregor being allergic to blackberries, notes The Associated Press.
With this in mind, the rabbits throw blackberries at McGregor, which forces him to use an EpiPen.
The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation slammed the film on Facebook:
It is unnecessary for a film to show the characters intentionally attacking another with his food allergen to trigger anaphylaxis. Portraying anaphylaxis as a joke can cause some people to have a cavalier attitude about food allergies which can put kids with food allergies at risk.
We are asking filmmakers to work with us to raise awareness about the seriousness of food allergies, and help us promote positive attitudes and safe environments for kids with food allergies.
Sony Pictures said in a statement that the film “should not have made light” of a character being allergic to blackberries “even in a cartoonish” way.