Is THAT Peter Rabbit scene an example of “bullying”?


16th February 2018

THE new family film Peter Rabbit, starring James Corden and Daisy Ridley, was in trouble this week.

Sony Pictures apologised for a scene in its new animated film – based on Beatrix Potter’s beloved books – which has caused a lot of upset.

The scene in question shows Peter and his friends throwing blackberries at a character with an allergy to the fruit, forcing him to use his EpiPen – an injection that can help to manage certain allergies.

The scene has caused a lot of anger, and some social media users have said that it is an example of “bullying”. The reaction has led to the hashtag #boycottpeterrabbit going viral on social media sites.

The Kids With Food Allergies charity has said that the scene is “harmful” to those that suffer from food allergies.

Following the reaction, Sony Pictures issued an apology saying: “We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologise.”

If you’ve seen the film, share your views now!

Is THAT Peter Rabbit scene an example of "bullying"?


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drummer1 · 4 years ago

That is just mean

22well · 4 years ago

I’m not sure it is quite mean but then Peter rabbit might not have known that he had an allergie to fruit I don’t know because I haven’t watched the film.

headygoose · 4 years ago

This is bullying since that it shows me that their making the allergy worse and this can be real pain because one allergy is bad enough but double the pain equals double the offence

G1raffe · 4 years ago

This is hard to decide on. On one side, people would say it has happened in lots of films and TV shows before. Yet, on the other side the animals know that the character has an allergy to that certain food . The character may be being mean to Peter and his friends, but, is that a reason to throw something the character isn't aloud to have at them? Bullying means it happens repeatedly and, as Sony have said, it happens for one scene in the film.

melon_cow7 · 4 years ago

Yes it is an example of bullying because in real life if someone forced someone to use there epipen as a result of a purposeful intention its bullying.

scootz · 4 years ago

I think that it is sort of an act of bullying but I don't see why this is creating so much upset. It's not that bad. You see that sort of thing in loads of other films.

satsuma09 · 4 years ago


Popcornkid · 4 years ago

If this was a real life situation it would most definitely be bullying! However , in the context of it being an animated movie with talking animals wearing clothes, it doesn't reflect reality. So I suspect it would have been put in the movie for a little bit of fun not being expected to be taken seriously.

ceejay101 · 4 years ago

Bullying can be in all different forms but is as bad as each other, we must remember this as some people are more sensitive than others, therefore we should treat everyone as you would want to be treated.

claudine · 4 years ago

It's a children's film and what do they do to inspire children? Promote bullying.

claudine · 4 years ago

In no way is bullying acceptable, even if it is just throwing food as it can mean a lot to people.

whiteflame · 4 years ago

no bulling should be allowed in films or real life. escpecialy not about medical problems or disabilites

hfrules · 4 years ago

#First to comment!

hfrules · 4 years ago

Type agree if you vote yes

holly · 4 years ago

If I were that character I would be upset because I wouldn't be able to help my allergy

afsh · 4 years ago

I think this is really bad as why would you throw things at someone who has an allergy just for fun!! imagine you having those problems.

fnsnowman · 4 years ago

I think that whether you are usually well behaved or not, bullying is never alright and in my opinion, activating someone's alergic reaction is bullying.

bacon_man · 4 years ago

Yes, as that is causing suffering to him. That is not a good example to set to people watching the film, especially children.

piano10 · 4 years ago

I think this is a sign of bullying because this scene is inconsiderate to everyone with an allergy.

pancake135 · 4 years ago

I think that the Peter Rabbit coincidence was a small sign of bullying as people do have allergies, an epi-pen is medical and allergies should be private and respected.

cavie42 · 4 years ago

It is not fair to hit people with allergies using the thing that they are allergic to. This scene can make people with allergies worried and upset that the same thing may happen to them. This scene is unsuitable for little children. If Beatrix Potter saw this I don't think she'd be happy with the scene.

dachshund7 · 4 years ago

I think this is quite mean and real people or children who have similar allergies might be worried when seeing this scene
#first comment ??????

oolaboola · 4 years ago

i dont think this is bullying as it has only happened once so,although it is extremely out of order, it can not be classed as bullying unless it is happening repeatedly.
ps. i havn't watched the film so i dont know if things like this do occur again in which case YES it is bullying

gamer07 · 4 years ago

Yes it is, and is also really mean to people with allergies.

gamer07 · 4 years ago

First comment!!!!!!!????????????

priors · 4 years ago

I said no ,because bullying is when someone is mean to someone more than once. However there's no evidence that Peter and his friends had been mean to that pearson before that ocasion, but there behavior is not to be copied.

tpalmer · 4 years ago

I would say no, because it is only a film. I know that there are a number of films that contain scenes like this and although they may be upsetting, a film can't do anybody any physical harm.

newsnow387 · 4 years ago

Yes. I am allergic to blackberries and it is unkind to be teasing someone about allergies which they are born with

popcorn987 · 4 years ago

First to comment :-)

popcorn987 · 4 years ago

That's quite mean.... And it shows a pretty bad example towards young kids who, after seeing it, would feel as if they should go out and bombard someone on the street with blackberries ????????????????????

bubblyball · 4 years ago

First to comment. I could jump into the film and give Peter and his friends a big telling for the bullying ?!

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

No, because bullying is when something is done several times over a number of days. By the sound of it, this only happens on one occasion in the film. (However, it is obviously not nice behaviour).

elise2006 · 4 years ago

you cant say that its that bad but there could be small kids out there who don't learn good from that and might treat others like that. It also might affect those who have alligies.

arguitar10 · 4 years ago

No, the story of Peter Rabbit is that he stands up to the bad guys and defeats them, not let them get away with it.

kinsparke9 · 4 years ago

That is horrible! Haven’t watched the film but that is definitely bullying!!!

gamer07 · 4 years ago


joseph_kel · 4 years ago

No way I mean it is just shocking that they would do thing that people would wanted to like watch it but now more or less is going to watch it because the producers

joseph_kel · 4 years ago

+I have half of the nut allergy I have pollen and egg allergy

macaroon8 · 4 years ago

Personally, I do not think that this is an example of bullying because bullying is when your physically or verbally rude during a series of time and the article just says he throws some berries. So no!!!

lavatoes · 4 years ago

Yes because they can have serious side effects on somebody’s health

bonjour · 4 years ago

That is really mean even though I haven't seen the film because imagine having an allergy to fruit or nuts and some one just throws them at you; one, if they were nuts they would hurt because they are hard, and two, you would be allergic to them and would have to use your epi-pen

bonjour · 4 years ago


aash1234 · 4 years ago

I feel sorry for the guy with allergies. Peter was really mean in that scene...

mollyboo8 · 4 years ago

hi its not mean :~()

fluffy14 · 4 years ago

I agree with 22well because its just an allergy and at least he had an
epi pen so that he could get rid of the allergy which is basically just the
same as what humans use to get rid of allergies
but I may be wrong because I haven't seen the film yet

soggynando · 4 years ago

I used to watch and read peter rabbit when I was younger . I just think people are making so many more animations like real life happenings .


jp_1919 · 4 years ago

This is really mean because it is an example of bullying and that is not acceptable. How would you feel if somebody threw things at you that gave you great pain??

queenloopy · 4 years ago

People define bullying in different ways. You are going to see scene in movies or shows that you might not approve of personally but that's life and you have to accept that bullying is a thing that happens (unfortunately) quite often. Others could see it as advertisment against bullying.

unicorn3 · 4 years ago

I am not sure what to think about this new scene in Peter Rabbit. In the end I voted no, because Sony Pictures would have watched the scene over 20 times, and would have spotted if something wasn't quite right. Peter Rabbit is also the main character and has made a lot of money for Sony Pictures so I assume they wouldn't want to risk losing a lot of money instead of gaining it.

hptigers · 4 years ago

I think it is really horrible because the person on the receiving end could be really unwell! The person with the allergy should not of had to use the EpiPen.

rinlen432 · 4 years ago

This is an example of bulling because it is offensive to those who get bullied at work or at school and they may think very seriously about the scenes this movie has in it.

bobsjam · 4 years ago

Yes as the farmer ?‍? try’s to hurt peter and then it gets serious and try’s to kill him say??if u agree

allertons · 4 years ago

It is so mean and harsh to bully somebody who has an allergy. They can't help it. It is especially mean if you make them have an allergic reaction. They should try to set a better example to the children who have watched this. It isn't good to promote bullying. Peter and his friends should be nicer next time.

allertons · 4 years ago

Then again Peter might not have known he had an allergy to fruit. ????????????????. I haven't watch the film so I don't know. Did Peter know he had an allergy to fruit?

anjakf · 4 years ago

it only happened once so no but it is definitely very unkind and unacceptable for a kids film?

dork · 4 years ago

I decided not to vote because if they are not doing it daily then it’s not ‘bulling’.?
But that is just mean. I would not do that it . If Peter and is friends kept being mean it would be bulling but uther wise I think they should not do that again l. Maybe they should apologise. I have not seen the film so they might have or ready done that. ☹️

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hej · 4 years ago


zeushades8 · 4 years ago

I voted yes because they KNEW that he was allergic to them.

woof04 · 4 years ago

I agree with 22well, and I haven't watched the film either.

dude28899 · 4 years ago


sophette · 4 years ago

Well, technically it is, but seriously?! It’s just a movie people!!! It doesn’t matter! It’s an amazing movie and it’s part of it,to have that scene. It’s not like it’s real life!!!

sophette · 4 years ago

Put this ? emoji at the end of your comment if you agree with me!!

lennyblack · 4 years ago

Peter rabbit is a buwwy

_edwardf · 4 years ago

I have not watched the film so I am unsure in Peters motive. He may not have known of the character’s allergy.
Also bullying is a deliberate repetitive event to harm someone wheras this only happened once.

oceangirl · 4 years ago

never watched the film

oceangirl · 4 years ago

gamer07, you didnt comment first

zoya · 4 years ago

Not very nice!

ef07 · 4 years ago

Sooooooo not bulling

amberspell · 4 years ago

I haven't watched the film either but I think that's mean. It's not the kid's fault he or she has an allergy, is it?

greenboy7 · 4 years ago

Well yes because eventhough I don't think the film makers had made the scene on purpose I have to tell the truth and the truth was that it was an example of bullying.

izzy28 · 4 years ago

Yes i've never watched it but because of the upset is so big yes definitely people wouldn't be lying

pumpkin1 · 4 years ago

Bullying is an action, usually purposeful, which may cause someone to feel left out and unhappy. It doesn't have to happen more then once for it to be bullying and as this scene is making fun of someone, I thing it is an explicit example of bullying; this scene may teach children that it's okay to treat people differently because they can't do or have the same things as you, illustrated in this scene.

kittykat13 · 4 years ago

I think it is forcing a child to use their epipen and possibly putting them in a life threatening should not be shown as light humor

sanjanak · 4 years ago

no cuz they didn't know

theminion · 4 years ago

I have a great deal of allergies and I know what it is like to have a reaction, this has happened to me too.

unknown · 4 years ago

Come ON people. The film is about a talking rabbit and his adventures
Bullying- yeah right

sjaome · 4 years ago

Is a cartoon (not real)

unidist · 4 years ago

why?! the meanies!

moonbanana · 4 years ago

It was just for fun and people are taking it way too seriously as it was only supposed to be a joke and little kids won’t take it seriously only over protective parents will

artymartin · 4 years ago

To be fair the gardener should leave food for the rabbits or like 22well said Peter Rabit may not have known he was allergic to black berries.

rufuspug · 3 years ago

if he had a allergy he would be badly harmed its harmful and shocking. it could teach kids wrong thing. i am shocked this happend IN A KIDS FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cocoloco88 · 3 years ago

I think it is mean because it is like laughing at people who have allergies. I have an allergies.

Magic10 · 3 years ago

I’m not saying it’s mean, I’m just saying, it’s not really bullying. Bullying is when you repetitively hurt someone or their feelings and although I haven’t watched the movie, the article only mentions it happening once. No, it’s not nice, and they should definitely not have done it, but it’s not bullying and people are overreacting.

ecrabbit · 3 years ago

I know what happens


Peter Rabbit and his friends do know that McGregor is allergic, but it isn’t really their fault. McGregor is trying to kill them, first by putting them in a sack and trying to drown them, and second by trying to explode them!! I feel genuinely sorry for Cotton Tail, as well (voiced by Daisy Ridley) because he almost explodes her. Overall, I think McGregor is the mean bully, but the rabbits DO overreact a bit and ruin a relationship between McGregor and Bea, who is McGregor’s neighbour.

Eventually, everything is happy and McGregor and the rabbits, Peter, Cotton Tail, Flopsy, Mopsy, (I can’t remember the chubby one’s name!) are KIND OF getting along. Bea doesn’t forgive McGregor, because she loves the rabbits so much. I seriously don’t blame her!!

gracoo · 3 years ago

Everyone is making a big deal about it but it was not that bad nor noticeable .

orangebob9 · 3 years ago

It is not a form of bullying.Peter Rabbit is a made up character and rabbits can't throw fruits at other rabbits.If there was an evil guy and he was allergic to peanuts you would throw anything you could at them including peanuts!!!I know it is a bit of a drastic example but I'm just trying to make a point that it is never going to happen,IT IS JUST A FILM!!!!!!!!!

orangebob9 · 3 years ago

Plus I don't actually think that happened in the books.I am now blaming the film makers sorry.I havn't seen the film yet though.

fresh · 3 years ago

That is indeed bullying.Everyone is unique!

fox64 · 3 years ago

Not bullying, but mean.

julio · 3 years ago

Why would you do that?

holholster · 3 years ago

This is an example of bullying, because nobody should be throwing foods at other people that may be allergic to them. Also, it is not a pleasant experience using an EpiPen. Personally, I am disapointed in this, as I wouldn't expect it from a Sony Pictures film.

xcurlysuex · 3 years ago

I don't think it is mean. It is mean in real life, but if you have watched the movie, then you will know that Peter knows the allergy. You will also know that Peter and his friends don't have any food apart from the food that was RECENTLY cornered off as part of the garden. Peter and his friends would have died of starvation. I think that he was very clever to do that. Mr McGregor (with the allergy) was trying to catch them to COOK THEM!!!! The rabbits just saved their own skins, even if it did seem a little mean to Mr McGregor. THIS IS ANIMAL CRUELTY! SONY SHOULD BE APOLIGISING (OR BEATRIX POTTER) FOR MAKING Mr McGregor TRY TO KILL PETER AND HIS FRIENDS!!!!!!!

rollersk8t · 3 years ago

Yes that is definitely a scene of bullying. I think this because they know that Mr MacGreger has an allergy to blackberries and targeting them into his mouth is just cruel!

sootysweep · 3 years ago

It is a hard decision because the man with the food allergy had also bullied Peter. But Peter should not have put his life at jeopardy.

piggy2018 · 3 years ago

I haven't watched the movie yet so i don't know if Peter knew that he had an allergy or not but he was only doing to save his own life as he was going to be eaten if he didnt do anything

aghavni · 3 years ago

how is it bullying its not making fun of the allergy only using it

shreddeddo · 3 years ago


of course not!
Toughen up farmer!

I mean, he has an ALLERGY! poor him!
(I'm being sarcastic)

shreddeddo · 3 years ago

BEATRIX POTTER IS NOT ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO SHE CAN'T APOLOGISED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(but not for animal cruelty)

flossingg · 3 years ago

I saw the film with my Daddy and he said it was interesting. it is bullying, yes.

sammyboy · 2 years ago


trudie · 2 years ago

No he's just showing of a little I wouldn't call ''that'' bullying