The “Peter Rabbit” movie, which was released on February 9th, 2018, tells the classic tale of a mischievous rabbit and his adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden. After the release date, the movie faced a massive amount of backlash regarding a certain scene in the movie.
Families started a boycott against the movie because of the movies’ “mockery” against life-threatening food allergies. In a scene that is meant to be comical, Peter Rabbit and his friends launch blackberries at Mr. McGregor knowing that he is allergic to them. Mr. McGregor is then seen choking and injecting himself with an epinephrine injector.
According to CNN, people called the creators “irresponsible” for including a scene like this. A doctor also commented on the scene calling it “dangerous” and “anxiety-provoking” for children suffering serious allergies.
Following the outrage, Sony Pictures—the creators—released an apology statement:
"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."
Conservatives fired back at liberals, stating that it is absolutely ridiculous for being offended by a comical scene in a children's’ movie.
Jesse Watters from Fox News said, “This country is toast. This country is out of control.”
“Food allergy bullying is actually a phrase!” he continued, implying the continued rise of over-the-top political correctness. “Their parents are whining about a movie. This country is gone.”
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