Filmmakers Apologize Over Food Allergy Scene In 'Peter Rabbit'

Sony Pictures has apologized for a scene in Peter Rabbit that some parents are arguing "made fun" of food allergies.

The scene showcases Peter Rabbit and his pals throwing blackberries at the farmer, their enemy, Mr. McGregor, however, Mr. McGregor is allergic to the fruit. A blackberry then lands in his mouth, getting an allergic reaction before collapsing and  injecting himself with an EpiPen.

In reaction to the scene, a hashtag -- #BoycottPeterRabbit appeared online demanding an apology after the movie's release over the weekend.

Sony Pictures issued an apology in a joint statement with the filmmakers, saying, “Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit’s archnemesis, 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.” 

Will you still see the film? Were parents over reacting or was Sony in the wrong for allowing that scene?

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