35 thoughts on “[Serious] Peter Rabbit film criticised for depicting ‘allergy bullying’ | Film

  1. yognautilus February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    First thought was, “Ugh, fucks sake, allergy bullying? *Seriously*?” But upon reading about the actual scene, I can understand it. I remember in high school, this one girl had to get sent to the hospital because some other girls put peanuts in her sandwich, knowing full well she was allergic to them. Making light of such a dangerous and life-threatening act is pretty messed up.

  2. DaddyKoolAid February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    I know people are going to say it’s an over-reaction, but all I can see here is that Peter Rabbit is straight up OK with taking advantage of a ~~child~~man’s weakness to help him attempt to murder them.

    It literally says the bully has to use his epi-pen. Like the rabbits would just have let him die.

    It’d be like having a bully who was unable to walk and Peter thinking ‘Hey, if we push him out of his wheelchair in the middle of a snowy forest, he won’t ever get out, so won’t bully us anymore!’

    I’m not sure that the ends justify the means, or whether it’s really in the spirit of Beatrix Potter.

  3. Holty12345 February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    >“Making light of this condition hurts our members because it encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously, and this cavalier attitude may make them act in ways that could put an allergic person in danger,” it said.

    Seems reasonable imo, since the group entire purpose is to represent people with allergies.

    Certainly not a ‘muh snowflakes’ thing that some people will assume

  4. kudosbudo February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    So they made the hero, Peter Rabbit, a complete arsehole. well done film makers.

  5. IcarusAbsalomRa February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Good, i hope this film does poorly. Beatrix Potter would be horrified if she could see what they’ve done to her stories.

  6. ElagabalusRex February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Who the hell writes these scenes? This doesn’t sound like any Peter Rabbit I’ve ever heard of.

  7. Shinokao February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Can I just make a disclaimer; responding to a commenter who deleted their post. You state that the people who are offended only seem to be parents.

    I’m not a parent – I am however, a major food allergy sufferer of 24 years who goes out armed every day of his life with 3 adrenaline autoinjectors, is on permanent antihistamine treatment, and I’ve died once.

    I’m not offended by the scene – I’m more shocked that a movie for children would depict *kids* deliberately injuring an adult and putting their life in danger.

  8. Kreviss February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Wait isn’t the guy trying to murder the animals?

  9. BackOff_ImAScientist February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    To be honest even if it wasn’t as bad as it was portrayed in the movie I’d still be annoyed. Being a kid is tough, being a kid with something that makes you different is worse, and to be honest kids movies shouldn’t really be making fun of something like that.

  10. RemingtonSnatch February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    It wasn’t enough that the film had to urinate all over a classic children’s story with Poochie-style forced hipness.

  11. AHackFraud February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    It sucks knowing that this film will likely double the opening weekend of Paddington 2. Film and television which are marketed to children all too often spread the misconception that friend (particularly male) bonding is forged through inflicting violence on one another. It’s bad enough when this occurs in superhero movies but it is inexcusable to be happening in a film adaptation of Peter Rabbit.

  12. mouseywithpower February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    i mean, this **is** a film for kids. should we really be teaching them to fuck with people’s allergies? that’s pretty fucked up.

  13. CptDecaf February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    The downvotes on these “snowflake” comments shows me that there are still logical people in this world.

  14. texasphotog February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Love movies, and my wife’s dad and my dad both work (or worked) in the industry.

    My 5yo daughter has a severe peanut allergy where she will go into anaphylactic shock and die if exposed to peanuts and not treated immediately.

    If she goes to a birthday party, we have to make our own cupcakes to bring because she can’t ever have the same cake as the other kids. Things like that are already separating her from the rest of the kids.

    If her friend at school has a PB&J for lunch, my daughter will break out in hives just playing with them at recess.

    She has to be very forward with her allergy and has to question every little thing she eats. She can’t even eat M&Ms because they are made in the same place as Peanut M&Ms and there is the risk of cross contamination.

    We take our kids to see most kid movies, but won’t go see this.

    A big problem with allergies is that people truly don’t seem to understand the issue. My son has an egg allergy. While he doesn’t eat omelets or anything, if he has a cake that has egg baked in it, his reaction is super mild. Many people think of allergies to be like my son’s. Or like someone that just sneezes a little bit when a cat or dog is around. But in cases like my daughter’s we are talking life and death. And if a dumbass five year old decided to try to make her eat a peanut and the teacher didn’t recognize exactly what was happening, she would die. Oh yeah, and she can’t even have an epipen in the classroom. Only in the nurses’ office. No medicine in the classroom, even if it is potentially life-saving.

    This is my problem with the movie. It encourages people to not take food allergies seriously. While most are not life and death, some are. And most people that don’t have to deal with that every day truly don’t understand it. I sure didn’t understand it or take it seriously until my daughter went into anaphylactic shock.

  15. jelatinman February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    I didn’t really get it until I remember the backlash to some Disney show that did something similar. One of the characters was kind of a jerk and couldn’t eat gluten, so the main characters just kept throwing pieces of bread at him to rub it in.

    I can’t tell if I’m just getting more sensitive over mean-spirited humor and should just get over it or if my gripes with those types of insults is justified.

  16. mimitchi33 February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    This isn’t the first time Sony’s done something like this. In the theatrical version of Hotel Transylvania 2, a puppet in a fictional television show that the characters watch tells another character not to eat a cake, commenting that “the scariest monster of all is diabetes”. Parents complained about this, causing this line to be removed from the home video release. This scene sounds worse, to be honest.

  17. novum_vipera February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    I think the bigger issue is that they wrote Peter Rabbit to be a complete basket case.

  18. ghallway February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Shouldn’t we be concerned that both parties are trying to murder each other?

  19. SlothyTheSloth February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    By boycotting the movie they certain do get attention (that might be needed). It’s a shame they couldn’t have pressured Sony to add a disclaimer at the start/end of the movie and then maybe you’d get even more people talking about it and bring attention to the issue.

    I’m guessing the issue isn’t that a character did this. Evil/Oblivious/Rude/etc characters are allowed to exist. The problem is it was done in a Children’s movie with no exposition in the movie about why bullying someone by exploiting their allergies is a really really bad thing to do.

  20. melefical February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Inducing anaphylaxis in someone else maliciously has already happened in the real world more than once. I would never call for boycotts of things, because I’m generally not offended by most. I guess I found that my line is where disability becomes something to take advantage of and used against people as a comedy trope for kids in a PG movie. People on this post have already given great examples that in a million years we wouldn’t see on film. I see in multiple Facebook pages, that as a parent I should use this as a teachable moment for my allergic kid. I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to teach them, always be on the lookout for people to use your disability against you and be even more vigilant than we’ve already been teaching you to be?

  21. Google_Peru February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    The second I watched the trailer for this movie, I knew to head for the hills and through the cabbage patch.

  22. donut211 February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    This movie should be boycotted anyway. I mean, I’ve always had a problem with brainless movie adaptions of beloved books and stories, but this whole idea (turn Peter rabbit into a complete shit head who *works with his sister’s* to end bullying or something) was a farce in the first place. This is just icing on the cake

  23. Quantentheorie February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    There is certainly room for this being problematic (you wouldn’t want kids to think it’s okay to trigger someone’s allergy because you don’t like them) – but I somehow doubt the scene is so extreme that it can outdo years of solid parenting.

    I’ll never truely understand overprotective parents. They all seem a little nuts.

  24. BlazingInfernape2003 February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    And yet when they manipulate the villain’s allergy to cheese in ‘The Boxtrolls’, it is perfectly fine.


  25. meatblossom February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    This is just the most ridiculous, unbelievable crap.

    Who can afford an EpiPen? Ffs writers get real

  26. dexxterex__ February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    As someone with food allergies that can kill me, does this anger me, no. But people have tried to do this to me. I understand why these parents are angry.But I CAN FINALLY BE OUTRAGED. DOWN WITH THE KIDS MOVIE I WASNT GONNA SEE

    P.S when the fuck are we gonna boycott EpiPens, that shit is hundreds for something that costs 10% of what it’s sold for.

  27. Mzuark February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    It does seem like a bully movie

  28. ARandomStringOfWords February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    How can Sony get it so right with Jumanji and so wrong with Peter Rabbit?

  29. Unheroic_ February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Oh, fuck. My six-year-old bro has just gone to see this. Pretty sure that he’s been taught about allergies and why he has to keep the common allergens out of his school lunch (just in case), but it looks like a convo about this scene is still in order. But yeah. Fuck whoever approved this.

  30. I_just_hate_you_all February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    I’ve been reading through the comments and read the article and fail to see how this is really that bad.

    I understand the “shocking” sentiment is coming from that it’s a “real” thing, people having certain medical conditions but come on it’s just a movie. Lots of other hero movies that kids love have people dying in awful manners that nobody bats an eye too. Not to mention kids play violent ass video games all the time and something like this wouldn’t be different. I’m not trying to be that guy to say you’re “snowflakes” or anything like that but this is going just a bit too far.

  31. tilfordkage February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    So are you guys going to retroactively start hating Mrs. Doubtfire for doing almost the exact same thing?

    Nice. Downvotes for pointing out a bit of hypocrisy. Keep it classy reddit.

  32. wbdunham February 13, 2018 / 3:48 am

    I like how the first tweet in the article seems to think there’s nothing funny about felony aggravated assault.

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