And now I see that animated rabbits have gotten in trouble. You have got to be fucking kidding me.
â€śFood allergies are a serious issue," wrote representatives for Sony Pictures Entertainment, reports The New York Times. "Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbitâ€™s archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way.â€ť
â€śWe sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize," the statement concluded.
A charity organization called Allergy UK has since said the scene mocks allergy sufferers, and is an irresponsible move on the part of the filmmakers.
Carla Jones, the charityâ€™s CEO, told the Telegraph: â€śAnaphylaxis can and does kill. To include a scene in a childrenâ€™s film that includes a serious allergic reaction and not to do it responsibly is unacceptable, as is bullying.
â€śMocking allergic disease shows a complete lack of understanding of the seriousness of food allergy and trivialises the challenges faced by those who live with this condition, particularly parents who live in fear of their child suffering a life threatening reaction.â€ť
Jones also said they â€świll be communicating with the production company about the filmâ€™s withdrawal.â€ť
We are so fucked.