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!)
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.