What comes to mind? . . . cute little bunny . . .
a little mischievous but still too cute . . . fond memories from childhood reading.
Maybe not anymore!
As a person who loves to read, and a former elementary teacher, one of my favorite storybook characters has been Peter Rabbit – always a story, and books, to cherish. I spent many hours reading these very books to my own children.
Of course, once I saw that there was a Peter Rabbit movie, and my youngest is 6, I was excited. That is until I saw the trailer. Peter was always a bit mischievous, but in a cute bunny way. Here, he was just acting like a bratty child. New take on Peter?
Yet, my bigger surprise was seeing the reviews to the actual movie.
Poor Beatrix Potter, who reportedly wouldn’t let Walt Disney make a movie of her beloved rabbit! She would not be happy!
I would like to start this conversation by saying that food allergies, or intolerances, are no joke!
Apparently, in the movie the bunnies find out that Tom McGregor, Farmer McGregor’s grandson, is allergic to raspberries. They later pelt the man with raspberries until he goes into anaphylactic shock. He actually has to take out his Epi Pen and inject himself to save his own life! How fearful for any child with allergies sitting there watching this scene!!!
To Director Will Gluck, all I can say is that you sure probably don’t have children, or have any allergies in your household. Clearly you have no understanding of the impact this has on children.
Bullying someone for food allergies is atrocious! An adult who puts this in their film, along with the actors, looking for a laugh . . . . you clearly have no understanding of food allergies and all that goes into living with this issue.
We all know and understand that bullying in general is wrong. Bullying someone who lives with food allergies is appalling, especially with children. Reportedly, 1 in 13 children have food allergies, all three of mine included!
Once allergies hit your household, your life has changed. You have to make monumental changes that have to be instilled in your daily living . . .
for the rest of your life.
Of course, once you figure out your allergy and how to safely live with this, you can and will have a healthy, happy lifestyle. But still, this does not EVER give anyone the right to throw it in your face!
This movie is teaching children that it is OK to make fun of their peers who suffer from food allergies.
THIS IS NEVER OK.
Think about YOUR CHILD, or someone in YOUR family finding out they are allergic to a certain food. Now if this issue hits home, you will have a perfectly different view of the whole situation.
So if you or someone in your family suffers from food allergies, or you have no idea what a life with food allergies would be like, OPEN your eyes and share some compassion for those around you.
Let’s teach our children
*to accept those with differences
*embrace helping others cope with different situations
because someday YOU might just be the one to wake up with food allergies.
As a family we have decided NOT to view this movie . . .
Because, as we all know
FOOD ALLERGIES ARE NO JOKE!
Poor Peter Rabbit . . . . .
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