‘The Witches’ remake receives backlash from the disability community – Deadline


Prominent members of the disability community, including activists, Paralympians and the Paralympic Games organization, condemned the portrayal of the eponymous characters in the recently released Warner Bros’ The witches, say that the use of distinct physical impairments in their hands is offensive to those with different limbs.In the film, the character of Anne Hathaway is shown with hands similar to the limb abnormality ectrodactyly, otherwise known as the “split hand,” which is characterized by the absence of one or more central digits on it. hand or foot. See the image above.

British Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren was one of the first to call the studio for the pictures.

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Disability advocate Shannon Crossland said on Instagram that the footage from the film was “in no way a reflection of the original novel written by Roald Dahl.”

“Is this the kind of message we want the next generation to receive? That having three fingers is the attribute of a witch? It is an extremely damaging portrait. Disability should NOT be associated with evil, anomaly, disgust, fear or monsters, ”she added.

In response to these and many other posts from members of the disability community, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said Deadline he had been “deeply saddened to learn that our portrayal of the fictional characters in The witches could upset people with disabilities ”and that he“ regretted any crime caused ”.

“By adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new take on the cat’s claws that are described in the book,” they added. “Viewers never intended to think that fantastic, non-human creatures were meant to represent them. ”

In Dahl’s 1983 novel, witches are said to have “square feet without toes” and “claws instead of fingernails”, although in the cover illustration of the first edition they are shown that ‘they have five fingers on their hands.

The official Paralympic Games Twitter account took to Twitter today.

Former Coronation Street Disability advocate actress Melissa Johns also tweeted.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, The witches released on HBO Max on October 22. This is the second adaptation of Dahl’s book after the film of the same name by Nicolas Roeg in 1990.


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