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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sony Apologizes for Weaponizing a Food Allergy in Peter Rabbit, Because We Live in Stupid Times - Hit & Run : Reason.com

On Friday, the live-action/CGI animal comedy Peter Rabbit hit the theaters, finishing second at the weekend box office with a better-than-expected $25 million. By Saturday, the movie was besieged with letterheaded outrage and a #boycottpeterrabbit tweets over a scene in which title character and his siblings, in the midst of a protracted struggle against their new neighbor Mr. McGregor, successfully slingshot a blackberry into the man's mouth, knowing that he has a severe allergy to the fruit. By Sunday, the filmmakers and Sony Pictures had issued a mea culpa: "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. We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize."

via reason.com

http://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/2018/02/sony-apologizes-for-weaponizing-a-food-allergy-in-peter-rabbit-because-we-live-in-stupid-times-hit-run-reasoncom.html

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Comments

I share the feeling of outrage. McGregor, being a Scot, would have said that he was allergic to brambles.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 13, 2018 4:57:51 PM