Anne Hathaway apologizes for her character in “The Witches”

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Anne Hathaway apologized for portraying negatively those with limb differences while playing the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ recent adaptation of “The Witches”.”I’m sorry,” the Oscar winner wrote in a statement posted to Instagram Thursday. “I did not connect the difference of member with the GHW [Grand High Witch] when the character’s gaze was brought to me; if I had, I assure you it would never have happened.

The disability community responded to the now streaming film with disappointment, sadness and indignation at the use of the character’s three-fingered hands to indicate evil.

“I recently learned that many people with different limbs, especially children, suffer because of the portrayal of the great witch in The Witches,” Hathaway wrote in her statement.

“Let me start by saying that I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others, not outside of some cluttered computers. [politically correct] fear, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency we should all strive for, ”Hathaway wrote. “As someone who truly believes in inclusiveness and really, really hates cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain that has been caused.

In the 1983 children’s fantasy novel on which last month’s HBO Max remake is based, author Roald Dahl described a distinctive feature of his fictional witches having “slender, curving claws, like a cat.”

In a statement to Variety Wednesday, Warner Bros. also apologized, saying: “By adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new take on the cat’s claws depicted in the book.

Some members of the disability community have noted that Hathaway’s character appears to have ectrodactyly, a limb difference sometimes referred to as “split hand.” There are concerns that “The Witches” as a family film may contribute to stereotypes that disabilities are negative or frightening.

“I especially want to say that I am sorry for the children who have limb differences: now that I know better, I promise I will do better,” Hathaway said in her statement. “And I owe a special apology to everyone who loves you as fiercely as I love my own children: I’m sorry I let your family down.”

The stars of Ocean 8 and Les Misérables have included (with permission) a video from the Lucky Fin Project, a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and celebrate children, individuals and families affected by membership differences.

“I am a girl. I am a sister. I’m a friend, ”the children and adults with different limbs say in the video. “I am whole. I am fierce. I am a partner. I am human. ”

“Anne Hathaway has apologized,” the Lucky Fin Project wrote on Instagram. “It’s a step in the right direction. It’s a good time to learn. Let’s not seek a “culture of cancellation”, but an educated, inclusive, empathetic and empowering culture. Moving forward together is how we all learn and rise.

“Thank you for raising this matter and for your apologies,” read the main commentary on Hathaway’s article, written by I Am Possible Foundation Ambassador Shannon Crossland. “I think it was unintentional and that no disturbance was caused on purpose. We tried to raise awareness to prevent something like this from happening again – it’s great to see that our voices have been heard.

Hathaway and Warner Bros. ‘statements following outcry from prominent disability rights activists including British Swimming paralympienne Amy Marren.

“We the filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures, we are deeply saddened to learn that our portrayal of the fictional characters from ‘The Witches’ could upset people with disabilities and regret any offense caused, ”the studio said.

“Viewers never intended to feel that fantastic, non-human creatures were meant to represent them,” Warner Bros. “This film is about the power of kindness and friendship. We hope families and children can enjoy the film and embrace this stimulating and loving theme.

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