Parents Are Angry About a Scene in 'Peter Rabbit'

Jackie Frere
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

From Redbook

Parents probably look back fondly on Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit books, which were filled with cute stories about a mischievous, veggie-stealing bunny who wore a jacket and shoes.

But after watching the new Peter Rabbit spin-off, moms and dads - and their kids - might have been left with less-than-happy memories. The movie, released on Friday, introduces Tom McGregor, the nephew of Peter's longtime enemy, farmer Mr. McGregor. Tom has a blackberry allergy, a fatal flaw that Peter later uses to his advantage.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures

In a battle to gain control of the garden, rabbits throw fruit and vegetables at Tom before Peter finally uses a slingshot to shoot a blackberry into his mouth. Tom has to inject himself with his EpiPen, goes into anaphylactic shock, and then collapses.

News spread quickly about the scene, and parents started a campaign on Twitter to #BoycottPeterRabbit. "I'm pretty sure Beatrix Potter will be turning in her grave right about now," one mom told The New York Times in an interview.

On Saturday, the Food Allergy Research and Education organization posted a warning on Facebook that the scene might be upsetting to viewers who have allergies.

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Sony Pictures has responded to viewers' concerns in a statement, saying, "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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