So apparently there is a scene in Smurfs 2 depicting an allergic reaction or something. Friends of mine who have seen the movie have said it was playing the allergic reaction off as some kind of joke. Fellow TAG members and I were talking about how we felt about it and this is my response if anyone is interested:
I haven’t seen the movie yet either and although I’m somewhat glad that the entertainment industry is starting to help spread awareness I feel like they’re actually contributing to common misjudgments about food allergies. I don’t think it’s right that screenwriters are becoming so unoriginal they’re turning to food allergies to be comedic. By playing food allergies as comedic, it’s only going to add fire to food allergy bullies, people I’ve had run-ins with in the past and even recently! It’s not that all people are ignorant about the seriousness of food allergies, it’s more so that the light that food allergies are gaining in the media at the moment is ignorant. People listen to the media, and therefore when they see some kid having a reaction on TV as a joke, they think it’s alright to put a peanut butter sandwich in some kids lunchbox. Note, by media I mean movies, shows, etc. the newspapers are pretty good at showing the seriousness of food allergies even if they only talk about them when someone dies compared to when there’s other advancements in the food allergy world. I personally feel that if they, the entertainment industry, are going to make a joke out of food allergies, they need to put some message at the end explaining how much food allergies are NOT a joke. For example most movies or shows today that have a character dealing with depression, self-injury, etc. will have a thing at the end warning people about the seriousness and that if they’re feeling suicidal, to call certain hotlines (which are also usually listed). I don’t understand why it’s so hard for the entertainment industry to do the same for things like food allergies and possibly list websites such as FARE’s at the end. You know something such as “Food allergies are not a joke, visit these websites for more information:”. By them not doing that, they’re not helping spread awareness, they’re helping spread ignorance and until a feature film comes out that actually shows the true dangers of food allergies, along with the proper way to use an epinephrine injector (since many movies make a joke out of that also), movies and people are still going to be ignorant to the dangers. But that is why organizations like FARE and Anaphylaxis 101 are so awesome and important right now, they’re helping fight the ignorance. So our best bet is to continue to tell the entertainment industry that they’re not being funny, and keep on working with FARE to tell people the real deal about food allergies.
NOTE: FARE stands for this organization I’m involved with called Food Allergy Research & Education. TAG stands for Teen Advisory Group, which I am a member of. Here’s some websites to learn more.
Let’s start with the basics.
Hi, my name is Elizabeth, but for all intensive purposes you can call me Liz. Obviously I enjoy watching the Most Popular Girls in School, but then again, who doesn’t? I also like watching shows such as Supernatural, Teen Wolf (don’t judge too harshly), Saturday Night Live, Modern Family, and an occasional Doctor Who episode (I’m so behind it isn’t even funny). However please do not expect any posts relating to those topics, or any other fandom topics on this certain blog. I’m making this my personal/life story/ act-like-someone-cares blog. If you want to see my posts on other topics then go to my less personal blog here and feel free to follow that one, I post quite frequently.
Anyways, I’m sure you’ll find out more about me as time continues. This introduction sucked. Let me add a funny gif at the end or something.
That is all. Have a fabulous day.
- ♥ Liz (such a cliche closing, sorry about that)