Should parents boycott 'Peter Rabbit'? | The Tylt
The Internet is outraged, but this time it's surprisedly over a children's film. Upset parents are boycotting "Peter Rabbit," claiming the film encourages kids to bully people with food allergies due to a scene that mocks the antagonist's food allergy to blackberries. Sony issued an apology. Detractors argue the real dangers are hypersensitivity, overreaction and "cancel culture." Others say parents should teach their kids not to bully rather than boycott a children's film. What do you think?
Should parents boycott 'Peter Rabbit'?
"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"— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr) February 12, 2018
I will be posting more about this tomorrow. I’m enraged. I thought the new peter rabbit movie looked stupid from the previews. Had no idea they were going to mock #foodallergies. We have to move, folks. We have to make our voices heard on this. https://t.co/P71zQb252b— Food Allergy Arsenal (@allergyarsenal) February 10, 2018
**Warning** For those who have children that live with food allergies (like mine), do NOT go see the new Peter Rabbit movie. Finding “humor” in bullying by Peter & friends to an allergy friend (who then needs an Epi) is sickening. Shame on @SonyPictures #BoycottPeterRabbit— Tom Murray (@thomascmurray) February 10, 2018
On Peter Rabbit gate: anaphylaxis kills. Kids copy what they see. Foods people are most often allergic to are easily available.l (and easily thrown!) I don’t think this is just a massive sense of humour failure but not was there any malintent on the part of the film makers.— Dr Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian) February 12, 2018
This is is Nainika Tikoo. She died from anaphylaxis to blackberries she passed. Blackberries are the food they joke about killing in the movie Peter Rabbit. This film scarily promotes food allergy bullying. 1 in 3 kids with food allergies is bullied for their diagnosis. pic.twitter.com/5lgJlfcxUe— stephanie labile (@Sweets4EpiGirl) February 11, 2018
Oh good grief. Its a movie. About imaginary talking rabbits. Really?— Kate Campbell (@elektra6618) February 12, 2018
I almost died from food allergy induced anaphylactic shock and I think the people freaking out about this are out of their minds. I’d honestly rather die of anaphylaxis than live in the hypersensitive, watered down feelings-before-fact world they want to create.— Albert (@spaycemunkey) February 12, 2018
instead of boycotting peter rabbit over the allergy scene , why don’t y’all use this as a teachable moment for young children and show them the seriousness of an reaction instead of , using social media and movies as a way to raise your child . educate your children yourself .— . (@kiwisize) February 12, 2018