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Entertainment Sony apologizes for controversial 'Peter Rabbit' scene which 'made light' of food allergies

18:52  12 february  2018
18:52  12 february  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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4 weird things that may trigger food allergies in adults. A Change.org petition was started to ask for Sony Pictures to apologize , called the scene “I think that being PC goes a little too far these days # PeterRabbit Peter Rabbit film criticised for depicting ' allergy bullying,’” another wrote.

Sony Pictures and the filmmakers issued an apology Tuesday, saying " 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."

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Sony Pictures has issued an apology for making light of food allergies in a scene in the studio’s new movie ‘ Peter Rabbit ’ — read more. Sony Pictures Apologizes for Making Light of Food Allergies in ‘ Peter Rabbit ’ Scene .

Her son has food allergies , and a scene in the film shows blackberries being used as a weapon. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit ’s archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment has issued an apology over a controversial scene in its new film "Peter Rabbit," during which a character with an allergy to blackberries is attacked with the offending foodstuff.

“Food allergies are a serious issue," wrote representatives for Sony Pictures Entertainment, reports The New York Times. "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," the statement concluded.

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Sony Pictures Apologizes for Peter Rabbit 's Controversial ' Food Allergy Bullying' Scene . Collier Sutter. “As a father of a son who has allergies to peanuts, milk, egg I refuse to watch # PeterRabbit because @SonyPictures is sending a message it’s ok to bully kids with allergies and making it a joke

They have apologized over the controversial scene in the new “ Peter Rabbit ” film because of the amount of backlash they received. Sony Pictures Entertainment wrote, ” Food allergies are a serious issue.” “Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit ’s archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being

In the film, Mr. McGregor, Peter Rabbit’s enemy, passes away and his nephew Tom comes to oversee the vegetable patch and exterminate the “vermin.”

It is Tom McGregor, the villain of the film, whom the audience — and Peter Rabbit — learns has an allergy to blackberries. In one scene, the rabbits throw blackberries at Tom, aiming for his mouth. Tom goes into anaphylactic shock and turns red before stabbing himself with an EpiPen.

A charity organization called Allergy UK has since said the scene mocks allergy sufferers, and is an irresponsible move on the part of the filmmakers.

Carla Jones, the charity’s CEO, told the Telegraph: “Anaphylaxis can and does kill. To include a scene in a children’s film that includes a serious allergic reaction and not to do it responsibly is unacceptable, as is bullying.

“Mocking allergic disease shows a complete lack of understanding of the seriousness of food allergy and trivialises the challenges faced by those who live with this condition, particularly parents who live in fear of their child suffering a life threatening reaction.”

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Sony and ‘ Peter Rabbit ’ Producers Apologize for the Film’s Controversial Allergy Scene . Sony and the makers of Peter Rabbit have offered a public apology after the film faced backlash for featuring a scene that made light of a character’s food allergies .

The film adaptation is being accused of mocking and trivializing those with food allergies .

Jones also said they “will be communicating with the production company about the film’s withdrawal.”

Others who feel the film is “grossly offensive” have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #boycottpeterrabbit.

“Please update your Peter Rabbit listing to warn parents of kids with food allergies about the violent food allergy bullying scene. Pure and unnecessary violence. #BoycottPeterRabbit,” one wrote on Twitter.

“Food allergies are serious- we must educate children to be aware and respectful #FoodAllergies #Bullying,” another wrote.

A Change.org petition was started to ask for Sony Pictures to apologize, called the scene “allergy bullying.” The petition also says the film “mocks the seriousness of allergic disease and is heartbreakingly disrespectful to the families of those that have lost loved ones to anaphylaxis.” The petition had attracted a little over 10,000 signatures as of Monday morning, around 5,000 shy of its goal.

The Food Allergy Research & Education organization also warned families on their Facebook about the allergy scene:

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On Sunday, Sony Pictures issued an apology in a joint statement with the filmmakers, saying that food allergies are a serious issue and the film "should not have made light " of a In a post shared on Facebook, the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation condemned the scene , calling it "disturbing."

Please Like Share And SUBSCRIBE.! #healthcare #familyhealth #nutritionnews #animation Sony apologizes for controversial ' Peter Rabbit ' scene which ' made light ' of food allergies Sony Pictures Entertainment has issued an apology over a controversial scene in its new film " Peter

“PLEASE BE ADVISED:

Reviews of the movie Peter Rabbit as well as personal accounts from members of our community indicate there is a scene in the new family film released this weekend in which a character experiences a life-threatening reaction after being purposely targeted with his allergen. Feedback from members of the food allergy community on this scene, including the depiction of the character being treated with epinephrine, is mixed. We want to make you aware that viewing this scene may be upsetting to some children, and are sharing the feedback we have received so that families are able to make an informed choice before seeing this movie.”

While many have come out in support of the boycott, there have been dissenters, however, who have called the concerned parents “snowflakes.”

“Peak snowflake,” one wrote about the controversy.

“I think that being PC goes a little too far these days #PeterRabbit Peter Rabbit film criticised for depicting 'allergy bullying,’” another wrote.

Meanwhile, nearly 1 in 13 children in America are reported to have a food allergy.

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