Folks Are Boycotting ‘Peter Rabbit’ Film Because It Promotes ‘Food Allergy Bullying’

Come on, people.

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And just to kick this off: Peter Rabbifocuses on a human trying to get rid of CGI-animated furry animals. Yes, let’s kick things off there.

Parents of children with food allergies are pissed off and calling for a boycott of the new Peter Rabbit movie, accusing the film of promoting “food allergy bullying.” Oh boy. The scene in question? Well the human enemy, played by Domhnall Gleeson, is allergic to blackberries and goes into anaphylactic shock, forcing him to inject himself with an epipen. So what do these a-hole furry creatures do? Attack him with blackberries to keep him out of the garden.

Some people were not fans of that scene at all, including charity group Kids with Food Allergies, who issued a warning on social media, and the president and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, who urged Sony to “examine your portrayal of bullying in your films geared toward a young audience.”

Now this doesn’t end here as Twitter chimed in, but mainly from parents who felt the same exact way.

And some, like most of us, think this is absurd:

Hell, Sony even had to chime in:

“Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit’s arch-nemesis, 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.”

While I understand that some people are sensitive to certain topics, what it comes down to this  is a kids movie featuring bad CGI and bad one-liners. And kids will love it and will be too focused on the talking animals to give a damn about anything else. Just lighten up, people.

h/t Maxim

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