Warner Bros. done so lovely try to apologize to the disabled earlier this week after receiving a backlash for describing Grand Hight Witch in Roald Dahl̵7;s adaptation The witches. For a number of reasons – including the studio’s failure to admit the real harm caused by the Grand High Witch’s altered limbs – this statement is pretty concise. On Thursday, Anne Hathaway, the star whose figure was at the center of the controversy, took to Instagram to issue an apology resembling real regret.
“Recently I learned that many people with limb defects, especially children, are in pain because of the role of the Supreme Witch in The witches, “ Hathaway posted. “Let me start by saying that I try my best to be sensitive to other people’s emotions and experiences not out of some fear of PC messing, but because not hurting others seems like a level of basic courtesy that we should all strive. ” She went on to mention the film’s target audience by apologizing to the children affected by the controversy: “I especially want to say that I apologize to the disabled children: now I Knowing better, I promise to do better. And I owe to everyone who loves you so strongly as I love my own children a special apology: I apologize for letting your family down.
In the movie, Grand High Witch can be seen with hands missing some digits, like those with congenital limb differences. The appearance is not entirely based on Dahl’s text, which depicts her having hands with cat-like claws. Many disability advocates have appealed to Warner Bros. designing a character that scares the viewer in a way that can associate disability with such a negative connotation. (Warner Bros. responded to the criticism in her statement, explaining that it was their interpretation of the cat claws mentioned in the book.) The actress stated that she did not connects Grand High Witch’s visuals with limb differences as she agrees to the role.
Hathaway attached his apology to a video from Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit that aims to raise awareness and provide resources for people with limb disabilities. You can check out the full statement and the video below.