Inside: Seeing the movie Peter Rabbit with your kids? Here’s what you need to know before you see it with your kids to help food allergy kids stay safe.
My son has severe, life-threatening food allergies.
He is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds.
Eating even the smallest amounts of these foods is a one-way ticket to the emergency room and a guaranteed shot of epinephrine with the hopes that it’ll be enough to keep his airway from swelling up.
So while I can usually keep my anxiety at bay about it, the release of the feature film Peter Rabbit–that I was going to take my son to go see–has raised some huge concerns and red flags for me.
And I’m not alone.
Peter Rabbit Spoiler Alert all Parents Need to Know
So, I wasn’t going to give the movie studio my money. I wanted to send a message with my pocketbook.
But I wanted to be better informed. So I just saw Peter Rabbit. Without my kids.
In the movie, Mr. McGregor happens to have a food allergy to blackberries.
The rabbits know this and think it’s hilarious. Peter Rabbit even begs people not to write him letters with a wink to the camera after a distasteful joke about food allergies.
And since they’re trying to get rid of McGregor, the rabbits decide to throw blackberries at him, aiming to get one in his mouth.
They practice with blackberries and slingshots, over and over again.
When the rabbits are ready to “Advance to the Endgame,” they pelt him with what he is allergic to. Blackberries.
And the rabbits succeed.
In a particularly terrifying moment, McGregor goes into anaphylaxis and has to EpiPen himself in the leg to save his own life.
He struggles to breathe and stabs himself in the leg with life-saving medicine. And they show it all while the bunnies cheer.
I don’t find this remotely funny or humorous and it’s definitely not a joke.
Not to me and not to my son with food allergies, and not to the 1 in 13 kids with food allergies.
Here’s my live video about this:
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Instead of boycotting Peter Rabbit, start a conversation with your kids:
While my children will not be seeing this movie, I am in no way asking you to make the same decision.
But what I am asking you, is to please have a conversation with your kids about the scene if you go and see the movie.
And have a conversation about this even if you’re not seeing the movie.
Please remind your kids that it is never OK to tease or taunt somebody who has a food allergy with the food that they are deathly allergic to.
It is a severe form of bullying that is extremely dangerous.
Kids have been rushed to the hospital and have died because their peers think it’s funny.
Peter Rabbit condones the funniness behind bullying someone with their food allergy.
So if you choose to see this movie, please take the time to remind your kids it’s not funny.
No part of this is funny.
Food allergy parents and their kids everywhere will thank you.
Want to know more about food allergies and how to be an ally? Here’s what you need to know to save a child’s life.
Update: Sony has since released an apology to the Food Allergy community. And this apology. Is it enough?
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