Several days ago, Peter Rabbit, which is a new Sony Pictures-produced movie based on Beatrix Potter’s children’s book, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, was released in theaters. In one of the scenes of the movie, several of the film’s protagonists are shown throwing blackberries at their nemesis, Farmer MacGregor, who ends up having an allergic reaction to the delicious fruit.
Upon seeing this, many liberals were left absolutely outraged. This is because, according to them, using their foe’s weakness against him is supposedly a form of “bullying.” Unfortunately, though, rather than push back against the left’s misguided outrage, the creators of the movie caved to the pressure and apologized for the scene.
Specifically, in a joint statement released earlier this week, Sony Pictures and the filmmakers said, “food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit’s arch nemesis, 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.”
Their apology comes after numerous liberals and liberal organizations spoke out against the scene.
On Facebook, for instance, the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) and Food Allergy Research & Education, released a scathing statement warning parents about the controversial scene.
“The new movie, Peter Rabbit, has a scene that may be disturbing to young viewers who have a food allergy,” they began in their statement.
“A character is intentionally attacked with his allergen, leading to anaphylaxis and the use of epinephrine. Parents should be aware of this before your children see the movie so you can talk with your child(ren) about it,” they explained.
“KFA believes that food allergy ‘jokes’ are harmful to our community. During a reaction, patients require the life-saving drug epinephrine and must go to the nearest hospital for follow-up treatment,” continued KFA in their statement.
“The very real fear and anxiety that people experience during an allergic reaction (often referred to as an impending sense of doom) is a serious matter,” they added, noting, “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.”
On Twitter, some users, like Tom Murray, are so upset that they’re calling on others to boycott the movie. “The scene will make you want to vomit, [Food Allergy Buzz]. Sickened [Sony Pictures] thought that promoting food allergy bullying by Peter and friends would be okay in any movie, no less a children’s movie. Certainly no “humor” in the situation. #BoycottPeterRabbit,” he tweeted.
– The scene will make you want to vomit, @FoodAllergyBuzz. Sickened @SonyPictures thought that promoting food allergy bullying by Peter and friends would be okay in any movie, no less a children’s movie. Certainly no “humor” in the situation. #BoycottPeterRabbit
— Tom Murray (@thomascmurray) February 10, 2018
Stephanie Lowe, the founder of Turn It Teal, which is “an awareness campaign aiming to raise food allergy awareness around the world,” added, “the #PeterRabbitMovie issue isn’t just about bullying. It’s about walking into a movie expecting to be entertained and walking out seeing your fears as a parent/child made light of. Increasing anxiety for may. [Sony Pictures] poor choices all around. #foodallergies.”
Their outrage over the scene, however, is utterly ridiculous. This is because watching a movie showing a heroic character use his creativity to defeat his nemesis doesn’t necessarily mean kids will basically start poisoning other kids, which is something that Daily Wire Editor, Ben Shapiro recently pointed out in an article about the absurd controversy.
“Allergies are serious issues for some kids. But pretending that fictional rabbits hurling blackberries at fictional farmers will lead to a spate of bullying incidents directed at children is quite insane — and relieves the responsibility from parents and administrators for fighting bullying,” he reasoned.
“If we have to worry about every depiction of dangerous activity by heroic characters in cartoons, we’re going to have to scrub every episode of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck,” continued Shapiro, adding, “it’ll be amazing when groups of victims of explosions say that cartoons should avoid using dynamite in depictions of Yosemite Sam, or when victims of anvil accidents claim that Warner Brothers must do away with Acme Anvil Company, the focus of evil in the modern world.”
Sadly, Peter Rabbit isn’t the only work of art recently targeted by the authoritarian left’s misguided outrage. They’re also currently attacking the National Anthem because it’s supposedly “racist.”
A couple of weeks ago, for instance, unknown thugs in Baltimore covered The Star-Spangled Banner Centennial Monument, which features a bronze statue of two children holding a scroll commemorating the writing of the National Anthem, in red paint. Using the same paint, they also wrote the words “Racist Anthem” in front of the statue.
In addition to the National Anthem, iconic photographs are also being targeted by the same misguided outrage.
A few months ago, for example, the Gran Caffe L’Aquila, which is an award-winning Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, announced that they will be taking down a black and white photograph taken by Ruth Orkin in 1951 titled, “An American Girl in Italy.” The image shows an American woman, Ninalee Craig, being “ogled” by multiple men while walking along a sidewalk in Italy.
What’s ironic, however, is the fact that the Orkin’s photograph, which was apart of a larger series originally titled “Don’t Be Afraid To Travel Alone,” was actually meant to empower women. In context, it shows an empowered woman enjoying a trip to Italy.
Clearly, for many on the left, almost anything can be considered problematic and worthy of censorship. Although Sony Pictures ultimately caved to the pressure, hopefully, when faced with similar situations, other filmmakers and production companies stand up for their movie and refuse to apologize.