Anne Hathaway Apologizes to People With Disabilities for ‘Pain Caused’ By The Witches Role
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Hollywood actress, Anne Hathaway has apologized after her new film, The Witches, sparked backlash from the disability community.
In the movie, Hathaway’s character is shown with three fingers on each hand, a condition that’s similar in appearance to ectrodactyly, or “split hand.” It’s typically identified by missing central digits on the hand or foot.
The Oscar winning actress however issued a lengthy apology on Instagram after learning “that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain” over her portrayal of the Grand High Witch.
“Let me begin by saying 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,” Hathaway wrote on Thursday, November 5.
“As someone who really believes in inclusivity and really, really detests cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused,” she continued. “I am sorry. I did not connect limb difference with the GHW when the look of the character was brought to me; if I had, I assure you this never would have happened,” she said.
The mother of two apologized particularly to kids with limb differences saying “now that I know better I promise I’ll do better. And I owe a special apology to everyone who loves you as fiercely as I love my own kids: I’m sorry I let your family down,” E reported.
Also, the film makers of the The Witches, Warner Bros issued a statement, rendering their apology for the offense the movie may have 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.
“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,” the statement read.