Exploitation of allergy in “Peter Rabbit” movie.
IFAN welcomes Sony Pictures apology for their insensitive disregard for severe allergic reactions. A scene in the film depicts a human character named Tom McGregor with an allergy to blackberries. In a quest to gain access to his garden, rabbits pelt him with fruits and vegetables before using a slingshot to send a blackberry flying into his mouth. It works. Mr. McGregor struggles to inject himself with adrenaline and then has anaphylaxis and collapses-the rabbits cheer.
A section from the apology reads “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”.
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IFAN is trying to advocate on behalf of all those affected by food allergy in Ireland. Our aim is to promote inclusion and a balanced factual understanding about different types of food allergy.