The studio apologized in a statement: “We, the filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures are deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of fictional characters in The Witches could cause Discomfort and remorse for any criminals that have been committed. “
The statement went on: “When adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new interpretation of the cat-like claw depicted in the book. Intend to feel it fantasical, Non-human beings are used to represent them.This movie is about the power of kindness and friendship. We hope that families and children I can enjoy this drama and embrace this powerful, loving theme. “
Criticism came after viewers argued that the characters̵7; hands and feet differed negatively depicting limb disability. Some went on social media with their hashtags #NotAWitch.
Paralympic medalist Amy Marren wrote on Twitter: “@ Educate yourself about #LimbDifferences and support the idea that you are #NotAWitch because you look different! You can also actively support other communities! Using words that describe us as PEOPLE, as it’s not the difference that identifies us. “
The Paralympic Games tweeted that “differences should be honored and disability should be normalized.”