It wouldn’t be a real Monday here at the office if we didn’t have an article to write about people getting offended too easily. This week’s installment comes from the beloved children’s movie, Peter Rabbit. Maybe some of you millennials recall your parents or wrestling coaches reading you this beloved tale when you were a wee lad.
It’s a cute little tale, riddled with race wars and hate crimes. But this movie recently came to the big screen, and parents were appalled, APPALLED, over this one scene, because that’s the theme of life nowadays. Overreaction.
The scene depicts Peter Rabbit’s friends shooting a blackberry into the mouth of the nemesis, Mr. McGregor. This is ordinarily no big deal, but he’s allergic to blackberries, and goes into anaphylactic shock. Parents felt that this was a form of ‘bullying,’ and that children with allergies may be scared or offended. Why not warned? Isn’t this a great way to show the dangers of ingesting foods you’re allergic too? Nothing like a little scare propaganda. Get ‘em while they’re young.
In lieu of the outcries, Sony issued an apology, sincerely regretful of their depiction, ‘even in a cartoonish, slapstick way.’ As in, ‘it’s a cartoon, relax.’ The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America posted a note of caution on their Facebook page to parents taking their kids to the movie. Is nothing sacred anymore? Probably not. Find out next Monday.
[via Entertainment Weekly]