The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Movie: Sony apol­o­gises for mak­ing light of al­lergy in Pot­ter’ s Peter Rab­bit film


The is­sue of al­lergy bul­ly­ing was brought into fo­cus in the form of the re­cent­lyre­leased an­i­mated Peter Rab­bit movie.

There is a scene in the film where Peter and his friends taunt a farmer by pelt­ing him with black­ber­ries in the knowl­edge that he is al­ler­gic to the fruit.

The char­ac­ters shoot a black­berry into the man’s mouth, and he has to in­ject him­self in the leg with an EpiPen to pre­vent a po­ten­tially fa­tal into ana­phy­lac­tic re­ac­tion.

Groups rep­re­sent­ing al­lergy suf­fer­ers have con­demned the movie, say­ing it “mocks the se­ri­ous­ness of al­ler­gic dis­ease”.

Sony Pic­tures apol­o­gised for the scene, ad­mit­ting they should not have made light of al­ler­gic reactions “even in a car­toon­ish way”.

Stone­haven teenager Gemma Banis­ter, has a range of se­vere al­ler­gies and was among many who failed to see the funny side.

Gemma, 17, who wants to work in science and help de­velop al­lergy med­i­ca­tion, said: “They made out it was okay, be­cause the farmer char­ac­ter had his EpiPen, but in re­al­ity he could have died.

“Lit­tle kids might think it is fine to throw food at some­one who is al­ler­gic to it be­cause of that, which is con­cern­ing.”

“Kids might think it is fine to throw food at some­one who is al­ler­gic”

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