Monday 12 February 2018

Peak Absurdity Has Now Been Reached!

The new Peter Rabbit film is facing a boycott over a scene in which a gang of bunnies attack a man with blackberries...
...knowing he is allergic to them.
Oh, for the love of...! I can guess who is demanding a boycott! And I'm not wrong:
Several groups representing allergy sufferers have condemned the scene, prompting the hashtag #boycottpeterrabbit on social media.
Australian group Global Anaphylaxis Awareness and Inclusivity (Globalaai) has created a petition asking distributor Sony Pictures to apologise, saying the film “mocks the seriousness of allergic disease and is heartbreakingly disrespectful to the families of those that have lost loved ones to anaphylaxis”.
I'd like to think Sony Pictures will tell them to sod off. But we know they won't.
The American group Kids with Food Allergies Foundation said in a Facebook post warning parents about the film that “food allergy ‘jokes’ are harmful to our community”.
You aren't 'a community', you're just the spokegroup for people with a disorder!

Wouldn't your time be better spent looking for a cure, instead of something to be outraged about?


Bucko said...

Wasn't there a Simpsons episode where Bart and Seymore Skinner chase each other with nuts and shellfish and both end up in hospital, still throwing food at each other accross the ward?
I don't remember an outcry about that, although whoever writes The Simpsons probably would have just told them to bugger off

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about this one, I think that the allergy people may have a point. If we were talking about allergies that just bring you out in a bit of a rash that might be a bit funny, but severe reactions to things like nuts are really no joke. I am speaking as someone who generally has a pretty black sense of humour.


Greencoat said...

I often have a severe reaction to nuts, especially the ones running ‘Globalaai'.

Andy said...

The bunnies attacked a man who was carrying something which could have killed him. Weren't the bunnies being good social justice warriors in protecting a vulnerable person from harm? Or didn't I understand it correctly?

JuliaM said...

"...although whoever writes The Simpsons probably would have just told them to bugger off"

Well, you'd hope they would!

"...severe reactions to things like nuts are really no joke."

They aren't, no, but they are also pretty rare.

"Or didn't I understand it correctly?"

Who can tell...? ;)