Boycotting Peter Rabbit and why the snowflake generation have an opinion

Hello you lovely lot!

I am going to start by saying, YES I know it is a film and YES bullying has been depicted in various films over the years. I also don’t expect any child to suddenly jump on an outrigger canoe and try to find Maui and return the heart of Te Fiti (Moana reference for anyone who isn’t up on kids films!) 

BUT

Anaphylaxis is no joke.

One bite can kill.

One touch can kill.

For anyone who doesn’t know, I have a 4 year old who has anaphylaxis to dairy and egg. I have first hand experience of how anxiety provoking, how traumatic and devastating it can be.

So when I read a few opinions on the topic, and listened to a few comments about the scene in the new Peter Rabbit movie where a few of the rabbits pelt Mr MaGregor with blackberries, I felt the need to clarify WHY the ‘snowflake’ generation have an opinion on the matter.

For anyone who doesn’t know what scene I am talking about then I’ll give you a quick round up….. The rabbits pelt Mr MaGregor with blackberries despite him being allergic and forcing him to use an epipen.

I over heard someone say ‘oh people like to complain about anything don’t they’. Erm. WHAT?

I can tell you from my personal experience of having a child with anaphylaxis to dairy and egg, and personally seeing my child struggle to breathe, swollen and DYING that it is NOT funny and frankly to be honest ruined my excitement to watch the Peter Rabbit movie, but more importantly RUINED the movie for my daughter and all of the other children who have to manage anaphylaxis on a daily basis. I highly doubt that they will be going to watch it, but I can assure you that we will not be going.

Some may think it is an over reaction, but it isn’t. The anxiety I have and manage on a daily basis is real, and something which every single mother who has a child with allergies has to cope with. So although I am boycotting the film I hoping that whether you do or do not watch it, that you share the awareness of allergies in a caring and thoughtful manner.

If I am completely honest I think it should be pulled and rethought. But maybe its too late and the damage has been done.

#boycottpeterrabbit

#anaphylaxisisntajoke

4 Comments Add yours

  1. What? Who in the hell thought it would be a good bloody idea to put that in a kids film? Beatrix Potter would be turning in her grave at this! I will not be taking mine to see it, mainly because their autism means cinema’s are too overwhelming for them but also because my sensitive and observant kiddos would be upset by the purposeful endangerment of someone for the sake of it. Honestly what were they thinking?

  2. Kathryn says:

    I haven’t seen it yet. Now I’m wondering if we should. Why on earth would you write a scene like that into a children’s film? What actual sense does it make for them to make a lovely character like Peter Rabbit into something that does that? Hmmmm. And no wonder you have had this reaction to it (no pun intended!)…how awful for you all after everything you guys have been through.

  3. Nyomi says:

    Totally agree with you. I’ve seen several posts online today whinging about snowflake parents. Easy to say when it’s not your kid and you aren’t worried other kids will now copy this and do that to them because a film has made it seem trivial. I hope this conversation helps raise awareness and people start taking allergies seriously.

  4. Lara says:

    Thank you! I must admit, that when I saw your insta post I was a bit 🤔, really? It’s a kids’ film, how bad can it be? And I checked myself, because that is not how I want to be, judging before I know the full story.! Having read your post, I totally get it. Because children emulate actions in films, if something is trivialised or “normalised” in a film then that has an effect on how they may behave in real life. It’s not their fault, they don’t know any better. But as you say, a very dangerous game to play, because it makes it seem like anaphylaxis is funny, not THAT serious, there’s an easy fix and children are so influenced, they may come away with that opinion. We have to be so careful as they are like sponges, and need to model the correct behaviour to them and make them aware of things like anaphylaxis. My older childrens’ school has just really clamped down on things due to nut allergies and all birthday cakes must go through reception to be checked and all after school snacks (if packaged) are checked by staff. I will reinforce why to them today and make sure they understand the seriousness of the condition. So thank you! It must be so hard living with a child with anaphylaxis – I would be a bag of nerves every day. Well done mama (and the whole family) – you got this! 💪🏻 X

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