VIDEO: Limb Difference Community React To The Witches Movie | Part 1 [CC] * 2024
VIDEO: Limb Difference Community React To The Witches Movie | Part 1 [CC] * 2024

Warner Bros. responded to the backlash saying they “regret any offense caused.”

“We the filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures are deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities, and regret any offense caused,” it reads. “In adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new interpretation of the cat-like claws that are described in the book. It was never the intention for viewers to feel that the fantastical, non-human creatures were meant to represent them. This film is about the power of kindness and friendship. It is our hope that families and children can enjoy the film and embrace this empowering, love-filled theme.”

 
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People with limb differences are calling out Warner Bros. for the studio’s lack of sensitivity in the depiction of Anne Hathaway‘s character in HBO Max’s The Witches

Hathaway stars as the Grand High Witch in the second adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name for the big screen, a powerful and evil being with missing fingers. The character’s condition resembles that of ectrodactyly, a congenital disorder that involves the deficiency or absence of one or more digits of the hand or foot.

Paralympian Amy Marren was motivated to speak out against the new Robert Zemeckis directed film to educate the public about limb differences and why giving evil characters disabilities that affect everyday people perpetuates stereotypes.

“@WarnerBrosUK was there much thought given as to how this representation of limb differences would affect the limb difference community?!” she posted via Twitter.

Marren and other members of the limb difference community are sharing photos and videos of themselves and their children as part of the #NotAWitch campaign in an effort to normalize their condition.

What says Anne Hathaway and what people with limb differences respond to ‘The Witches’ movie

“I’m angry that they are showing someone with a limb difference as something that should be feared and covered up,” one woman said.
Anne Hathaway says: “I owe a special apology to everyone who loves you as fiercely as I love my own kids,” Hathaway continued. “I’m sorry I let your family down.” She finished her apology for those living with limb differences, and also encouraged her followers to look at the #NotAWitch hashtag for “a more inclusive and necessary perspective” on the situation. Earlier this week, Warner Bros issued a statement saying they were “deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities.” “I particularly want to say I’m sorry to kids with limb differences: now that I know better I promise I’ll do better,” the mother of two said.

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