There’s a fine line between mischief and danger, as the team behind ‘Peter Rabbit’ have unfortunately discovered.
The film, which opened this past weekend, is in a heap of hot water. A big-screen take on the classic characters and tales from author Beatrix Potter, the movie has found itself in the middle of a food allergy controversy, prompting some parents to boycott the picture and Sony Pictures to issue an apology.
One scene shows the rabbit Peter and his forest friends attacking their archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, by throwing blackberries at him. Mr. McGregor is allergic to blackberries and starts choking, having to inject himself with an epinephrine injector. Due to that scene, parents of children with life-threatening allergies are condemning the film and expressing their concerns on social media.
In response, Sony Pictures and the producers of ‘Peter Rabbit’ released a statement. “Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter’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.”
Quite a pickle for what should be a sweet, family day at the movies. What do you think? Is there justification for parents encouraging people NOT to see the film?….or is a boycott taking things too far? ~ Jason