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Peter Rabbit, Food Allergy Bully

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:05
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Any kind of defect will allow you to achieve a high position in the victim hierarchy, so that you can bark denunciations at those below and receive cringing apologies in return. You just have to crybully loudly. Even having an allergy is sufficient. That’s why Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s character Peter Rabbit, star of a new animated movie, has been denounced as a “food allergy bully”:

Peter and his bunny friends gang up on their nemesis, Mr. McGregor, by pelting him with blackberries, even though he is allergic to them. When one berry lands in his mouth, he begins to choke before injecting himself with an EpiPen.

The scene prompted backlash from allergy advocacy groups and parents of children with food allergies, who said it mocked an attack that in real life could have proved fatal. The segment led to a hashtag — #boycottpeterrabbit — and an online petition demanding an apology.

Sony Pictures responded with the predictable crawling obsequiousness.

Ben Shapiro gasps at the sheer lunacy:

If we have to worry about every depiction of dangerous activity by heroic characters in cartoons, we’re going to have to scrub every episode of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. It’ll be amazing when groups of victims of explosions say that cartoons should avoid using dynamite in depictions of Yosemite Sam, or when victims of anvil accidents claim that Warner Brothers must do away with Acme Anvil Company, the focus of evil in the modern world.

They still run Bugs Bunny cartoons on TV? Not for long. Unless you go back to the early days of Babbitt and Beans, the only black characters are Daffy Duck, who is always getting his beak blown around sideways by Elmer Fudd’s shotgun, and Marvin the Martian, who is a maniac. This constitutes racism — an even more serious crime than food allergy insensitivity.

On a tip from Bodhisattva and TCS III.


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