Sony Pictures has apologised following outrage over a scene in the new Peter Rabbit movie that depicts bullying towards someone with a food allergy.
Showing the rabbit characters repeatedly pelting a man with blackberries, knowing he is allergic to them, until he is forced to use an Epipen has been branded as unacceptable by the food allergy community, leading to a #BoycottPeterRabbit hashtag on Twitter.
My eleven year old daughter is allergic to blackberries and found this scene both offensive and cruel when I spoke to her about it. Not that it is about being allergic to blackberries in particular, but using an allergy against a person in such a way is clearly unacceptable.
Having an allergy is no joke. In my daughter’s case it’s not debilitating to her life. Blackberries are easy enough to avoid and as long as you stay clear of things that have forest fruits in them, for example, you’re generally ok.
On the two occasions she’s had reactions though, we’ve seen head to toe urticaria plus swollen joints in her fingers and hands. As with all allergies, it is not something to be taken lightly.
All we parents of children with food allergies and intolerances seem to do is campaign tirelessly to raise awareness of the issues. The only good thing to come out of this Peter Rabbit movie faux pas is that it’s put food allergies at the forefront, despite that not being the intention of Sony Pictures when they made the film.