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?
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