The new live-action adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit has caused controversy due to a scene in which a gang of bunnies attack a man with blackberries, knowing he is allergic to them.
The sequence sees a group of rabbits led by Peter (voiced by James Corden) throwing the fruit at Domhnall Gleeson’s Thomas McGregor until one berry lands in his mouth. McGregor is then seen going into anaphylactic shock and reaching for his Epipen.
“Anaphylaxis can and does kill,” Allergy UK CEO Carla Jones said in a statement. “To include a scene in a children’s film that includes a serious allergic reaction and not to do it responsibly is unacceptable, as is bullying. Mocking allergic disease shows a complete lack of understanding of the seriousness of food allergy and trivialises the challenges faced by those who live with this condition.”
Some Twitter users have also called a boycott on the film…
How can Sony Pictures release a film where food allergy bullying is acceptable? I guess the film industry won’t understand how wrong this is till they’re covered in hives and struggling to breathe. #boycottpeterrabbit
#boycottpeterrabbit is the most ridiculous thing I've seen today and it's 07:17am. I understand where they're coming from but 1) it's a film 2) the entire film is literally a man setting up inhumane traps to harm rabbits forcing them out of home 3) cartoons have done far worse
I can't believe it, I just watched a Tom and Jerry cartoon saw a mouse DELIBERATELY inflict pain wincing violence on a cat!!! I had a childhood cat and I am very offended by this! Please advise what hashtag we can use to boycott this too ? #boycottpeterrabbit#everythingoffends