Anne Hathaway, Oscar winner and scene-stealer of the newest rendition of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, delivered an apology this week to the community of people with disabilities.
“I have recently learned that people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because of the portrayal of the Grand High Witch in The Witches...I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others not out of some scrambling PC fear, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency we should all be striving for,” the actress posted via her Instagram account.
“As someone who really believes in inclusivity...I owe you all an apology for the pain caused. I am sorry,” she added. Anne dedicated the post to the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit which celebrates people affected by limb differences.
Anne’s statement addressed the backlash her new film has been receiving for its portrayal of monstrous characters with 3 fingers on each hand. Roald Dahl’s original source material describes the characters as having “claws instead of fingernails…”
“Limb difference is not scary. Differences should be celebrated and disability has to be normalized,” summarized the official Paralympics Twitter account.
Warner Bros. was the first to release a statement that read, “We the filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures are deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters...could upset people with disabilities, and regret any offense caused.” No statement has been issued individually by Director Robert Zemeckis or writers Kenya Barris and Guillermo Del Toro.