November 5, 2020 3:08:09 pm
Warner Bros has stated it’s “deeply saddened” that the movie The Witches has upset the disabled group.
Based mostly on Dahl’s basic 1983 guide, The Witches has been directed by filmmaker Robert Zemeckis and options actors Anne Hathaway, Jahzir Kadeen Bruno, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock.
The film, which premiered on HBO Max on October 22, has been slammed by distinguished members of the group, together with campaigners, Paralympians and the Paralympic Video games organisation for its depiction of the witches.
Within the film, Hathaway’s character Grand Excessive Witch and others are revealed to have three elongated fingers on every hand, which is analogous to the limb situation ectrodactyly, in any other case often known as “cut up hand”.
Taking to Twitter, British Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren slammed the movie for its depiction of the witches.
“Warner Bros, was there a lot thought given as to how this illustration of limb variations would impact the limb distinction group?” Marren tweeted.
— Amy Marren (@amy_marren) November 2, 2020
The official social media account for the Paralympic Video games additionally addressed the movie in a publish, saying, “Limb distinction isn’t scary. Variations needs to be celebrated and incapacity needs to be normalised.”
Limb distinction isn’t scary. Variations needs to be celebrated and incapacity needs to be normalised. #NotAWitch calls out ‘#TheWitches’ film for portrayal of incapacity 👉 https://t.co/aSY1U6TymE pic.twitter.com/UCU87bUeV8
— Paralympic Video games (@Paralympics) November 3, 2020
In its response, a spokesperson of Warner Bros stated the studio is “deeply saddened to be taught that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches might upset individuals with disabilities”.
“In adapting the unique story, we labored with designers and artists to provide you with a brand new interpretation of the cat-like claws which are described within the guide. It was by no means the intention for viewers to really feel that the fantastical, non-human creatures have been meant to symbolize them,” the spokesperson added.
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