\'Monster-in-Law\' Drives Allergy Advocates Nuts

Posted on: Tue, 05/10/2005 - 9:16am
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'Monster-in-Law' Drives Allergy Advocates Nuts
Tue, May 10, 2005, 11:05 AM PT
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)- The creative team behind New Line's Friday (May 13) release "Monster-in-Law" think that food-based allergies are a viable source of humor. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) begs to differ.
FAAN is charging "Monster-in-Law" with sending a careless message to viewers in a scene that finds Jane Fonda's character attempting to off her future daughter-in-law (Jennifer Lopez) by sneaking nuts into her food. In an outraged statement, FAAN worries that the "Monster-in-Law" hilarity will inspire copycat food spiking and will give viewers the impression that watching people get puffy is funny, rather than dangerous stuff.

"Better examples need to be set," charges Anne Munoz-Furlong, FAAN's founder. "I doubt New Line Cinema would permit a scene where a diabetic would be given an overdose of insulin. We are seeing more Hollywood movies and shows portraying food allergies in an unsafe and very uneducated light. Just recently the movie 'Hitch' and an episode of 'The Simpsons' poked fun at individuals with food allergies. In real life, food allergies are no laughing matter."

According to FAAN, roughly 11 million Americans suffer from some form of food-based allergies and between 150 and 200 people each year die from food allergies they never knew they had.

Although "Monster-in-Law" is ostensibly a comedy, FAAN is just the latest advocacy group to express an absence of amusement. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested the film's April 29 premiere because of Lopez's love of fur and the use of fur in her Sweetface fashion collection.

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