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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:44 am 
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The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network is taking on Hollywood, condemning the new movie Monster-in-Law as "insensitive and vindictive" in its portrayal food allergies.

The plot of the comedy involves a mother, Viola (played by Jane Fonda), trying to keep her doctor son from marrying a dogwalker named Charlie (Jennifer Lopez). FAAN notes that in one scene, Viola discovers Charlie has a serious nut allergy, and so laces a gravy boat with crushed nuts in the hopes of ending the relationship.

In a press release, FAAN expressed concern that the movie may spawn "copycat acts" by kids who don't realize how dangerous food allergies are. "We are seeing more Hollywood movies portraying food allergies in an unsafe and very uneducated light," said FAAN CEO Anne Muñoz-Furlong. Recently, the comedy Hitch also made light of allergies.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:03 am 
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I agree it is a stupid plot because some children will try it, for sure. Kids can think of those things without getting help from Hollywood.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:29 pm 
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not just kids... I've seen adults do it too (coincidence it was my ex-mom-in-law...) without the help of Hollywood.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:55 pm 
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Oh yeah, I remember you posting something about it. That's just awful.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:47 pm 
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I just realized now when reading this thread.
There was a popular book out not long ago (murder mystery) and one character was killed off by crushed peanuts in a flask of whisky.
I'm surprised FAAN didn't jump on that one too. But then, I guess the movies are a much larger forum and the audience has broader span, too.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:29 am 
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I think the difference here is that it's supposed to be "funny" and I'm sure the perpatrator (the Fonda character) doesn't, like, to go jail for attempted murder or anything at the end.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:17 pm 
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Ok, I see your point.
I wondered why the other was not a problem, but I get it now.


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