The Peter Rabbit movie, headlined by James Corden, has been criticized for its treatment of allergies.
Peter Rabbit opened this weekend. This is the movie where James Corden voices the title character, and it did decent business at the box office, earning $25 million on its opening weekend.
And yet the film has prompted a backlash, that’s seen the filmmakers issue an apology.
There’s apparently a sequence in the film – and we’ve not seen Peter Rabbit yet – where a character has a blackberry allergy, and they’re seen being pelted by blackberries on purpose. It’s caused consternation online, with the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation for one objecting to the scene. It wrote on Facebook that “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.”
Sony has now issued a statement apologizing for the scene, saying that “we sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue.”