The following is a statement from Allergy & Asthma Network on the movie “Peter Rabbit” and a scene that depicts food allergies:
Allergy & Asthma Network believes food allergies are a real and serious health condition that requires respect and acceptance. After seeing the “Peter Rabbit” movie, we are deeply disappointed by the lack of awareness at Sony Pictures. It is clear there is a blatant disregard for the severity of food allergies, as well as the reality of food allergy bullying.
The prevalence of food allergies continues to rise, yet the societal understanding of this potentially life-threatening disease remains a major concern. This is brought to an even greater light with the transparent lack of education portrayed by characters in “Peter Rabbit.”
Sony Pictures should do more than apologize; its future films must appropriately represent the reality of food allergies and the harmful consequences of food allergy bullying. We encourage Sony Pictures to fully acknowledge food allergies and their impact on the more than 15 million Americans with the condition.
Visit NoAppetiteForBullying.com for more on food allergy bullying.