Anne Hathaway has apologized after her remake of The Witches received a major response from the disabled community, including prominent Paralympic athletes.
The film adaptation of Roald Dahl, directed by Robert Zemeckis, released last month and has since been cited by critics and disability advocates for the film’s evil portrayal of split hands, or ectrodactyly.
Hathaway, 37, used her Instagram platform to resolve the issue, explaining how sorry she was for the “pain caused” by the film while sharing a video from Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit that exists to educate and celebrate children, individuals, and families affected by differences in membership.
Sorry: Anne Hathaway has apologized for the pain she caused through her role in The Witches, where her evil character had her hands split, or ectrodactyly. She saw in january above
“I recently learned that a lot of people with different limbs, especially children, are suffering because of the portrayal of the great witch in The Witches,” the Princess Diaries actress said of her character, who turns out to have “separated” hands with only three fingers.
“Let me start by saying that I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others, not out of fear of the PC, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency that we should. all to search, ”she continued. .
“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. I am sorry. I did not connect the member difference with the [Grand High Witch] when the character’s gaze was brought to me; if I had, I assure you it would never have happened.
She continued, “I especially want to say that I am sorry for the children with different limbs: now that I know better, I promise I will do better. And I owe a special apology to all of you who love you as fiercely as I love my own children: I’m sorry I let your family down.
“If you’re not already familiar, please check out the @Lucky_Fin_Project (video above) and the hashtag #NotAWitch for a more inclusive and needed perspective on the membership difference.
In the Spotlight: The film adaptation of Roald Dahl, directed by Robert Zemeckis, released last month and has since been called upon by critics and disability advocates for the film’s devilish portrayal of divided hands.
After the film’s release, The Witches received a lot of criticism from the disabled community.
Amy Marren, a swimmer who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games, was one of the first to criticize the film and ask on Twitter if there was “a lot of thinking about how this portrayal of Membership differences would affect the community Membership differences. “.
The Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit aimed at raising awareness of membership differences, also took to Twitter to criticize the film and start a petition to boycott its viewing.
British television actress Melissa Johns, born with no forearms and no right hand, also criticized “The Witches” for being irresponsible.
Star Paralympic athlete Amy Marren of Great Britain leads charge against witches
Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren was one of the first people to criticize the film
The British Paralympic swimmer won a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games
The Lucky Fin Project also took to social media to criticize ‘The Witches’ and launch a boycott
The International Paralympic Committee also called the film, using “#NotAWitch” on social media to generate more feedback from the disability community.
Critics point out that neither the 1983 book, nor the 1990 film starring Angelica Huston, featured split hands.
In fact, Dalh describes the physical appearance of witches in detail and refers to them having claws rather than fingernails, but makes no mention of missing fingers or split hands.
Warner Bros. released a statement to Deadline, saying they were “deeply saddened to learn that our portrayal of fictional characters in ‘The Witches’ could upset people with disabilities” and that they ‘regretted any offense caused’.
They added, “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. Viewers never intended to feel that fantastic, non-human creatures were meant to represent them.
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, ectrodactyly presents at birth and its severity can vary for those who have it. The condition appears in 1 in 90,000 to 100,000 births worldwide.
The Lucky Fin Project Raises Support and Awareness of Those with Differences in Membership
Actor Melissa Johns, born with limb differences, also called The Witches