On Monday, Hollywood demonstrated just how much politically-correct culture has infused every aspect of its business model. Sony Pictures issued a statement with the makers of the new movie Peter Rabbit, apologizing for . . . including a joke about Farmer MacGregor having a blackberry allergy.
The statement explained that “food allergies are a serious issue” and that the movie “should not have made light [of the issue] … even in a cartoonish, slapstick way.” What exactly was the offending passage of the film? The rabbits, in an attempt to escape Farmer MacGregor, throw blackberries at him until he has an allergic reaction. Kids with Food Allergies, an interest group, said that the scene “encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously.” An asthma awareness group called the scene “bullying.”
This is insanity. 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.
Allergies are serious issues for some kids. But pretending that fictional rabbits hurling blackberries at fictional farmers will lead to a spate of bullying incidents directed at children is quite insane — and relieves the responsibility from parents and administrators for fighting bullying. So well done, Hollywood — the same group of people who make television shows suggesting that small children changing their sex is perfectly healthy are now warning about blackberry allergies. Their priorities are certainly clear.