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”