Calgary parents: What do you think of Peter Rabbit's "allergy bullying"?

The folks behind the Peter Rabbit movie have apologized for a scene where rabbits throw a blackberry at a character named Mr. McGregor. When he’s hit by the fruit, he has to use his EpiPen.

Many organizations and families have called the movie “insensitive” and put out calls to boycott the film.

In a statement, Sony Pictures said the film “should not have made light” of a character’s allergies “even in a cartoonish, slapstick way.” Read more here from Global News. 

When we lived in Ontario, my son’s elementary school had a banned-foods list. Children’s school lunches were not allowed to contain peanut butter, strawberries and types of fish. I remember one mom explaining that even if children with allergies aren’t near the allergens in the lunch room, a child could have peanut butter residue on his hands, then play on the monkey bars and unknowingly transfer it there for another child to encounter.

When we moved to Calgary though, my son’s school “requested” that certain foods not be brought in the building but the foods weren’t banned; children who do have allergies can sit at a designated allergy table.

Our school’s allergy protocol seems much more relaxed than the one we had in Ontario; I’ve always wondered how parents cope. If their child has an allergy, how do they feel, knowing their child can be exposed to something deadly at school (or gymnastics practice, or a classmate’s sleepover party)?

Some people think that folks are being overly serious about a child’s movie.

Peter Rabbit will surely be a hit again at the theatres during the Family Day long weekend. It came in #2 during its debut weekend.

1. Fifty Shades Freed – $38.8 million

2. Peter Rabbit – $25 million.

3. The 15:17 to Paris – $12.6 million

4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $9.8 million

5. The Greatest Showman – $6.4 million

Do you think the film is guilty of allergy bullying or is it a silly scene in a children’s movie? – Sarah 

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