If you’ve seen the new “Peter Rabbit” movie, you already know it features a character with food allergies. Despite being the “#1 Family Movie in America,” the delivery of the food allergy topic has not been received well.
The film based on the classic children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter shares the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends as they try to take over Mr. McGregor’s garden. In the new 2018 film one of several human characters, Mr. McGregor, has a severe allergy to blackberries. The rabbits throw fruits and vegetables and then sling a blackberry into Mr. McGregor’s mouth. Accurately reflecting the correct response to anaphylaxis, he attempts to use his EpiPen. The rabbits cheer when he’s not able to administer the treatment and instead collapses while holding his throat and appears dead.
The scene has received negative critiques causing the filmmakers and Sony Pictures to issue an apology: “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.”
The film draws awareness to the potential reactions to food when an allergy is present. It also shares the importance of being prepared to use an EpiPen at all times. Unfortunately, “Peter Rabbit” paves the way for food bullying amongst their intended audience of children and young adults. As previously noted in Allergy Skin Testing Options, food allergies affect an estimated 4%-6% of all children in the United States. Nearly 40% of children with food allergies have experienced a severe or life threatening reaction.
Approximately one third of children with food allergies reported they have been bullied because of their allergy. Nearly half the time bullied children do not tell their parents or caregivers. Food allergy bullying frequently includes threats with food. The bullying is associated with a lower quality of life and distress for both children and parents.
What are your thoughts on the Peter Rabbit’s Food Allergy Scene?
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