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Who knew a movie as innocuous as Peter Rabbit could find a way to stir up ire? Over the weekend, Sony Pictures and the film’s director found themselves in a spot of trouble after parents across the U.S. voiced outrage about a scene in which Peter and his rabbit pals attack their enemy, the villainous Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson), by throwing blackberries at him. He’s allergic to the fruit and starts choking, but ends up being O.K. after injecting himself with an EpiPen.
The scene has outraged parents of children with severe allergies, who criticized the film for apparently making light of the condition. The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, even issued a warning about it.
“Food-allergy ‘jokes’ are harmful to our community,” the warning reads. “During a reaction, patients require the life-saving drug epinephrine and must go to the nearest hospital for follow-up treatment. The very…