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Post by Maddog on Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:29 pm

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."

Before everyone moves on to the next hashtag nontroversy, it's worth taking a step back and observing just how bonkers this (successful!) complaint was, and what it says about the growing consumer demand to be shielded from artistic expression that carries even the faintest whiff of danger for an identifiable outgroup.

According to a Change.org petition from the Australian allergy-awareness group GlobalAAI, the movie is guilty of depicting "blatant food allergy bullying putting an innocent allergic individual at risk." I don't know if I'd call McGregor precisely innocent, but: "To spread a message that condones such victimising and dangerous behaviour amongst children is grossly offensive to worldwide viewers especially those who live with severe allergic disease." OK.

https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/13/sony-apologizes-for-weaponizing-a-food-a

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Re: No, not The Onion.

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:54 am




http://www.phadia.com/en/Products/Allergy-testing-products/ImmunoCAP-Allergen-Information/Food-of-Plant-Origin/Fruits/Blackberry/

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