Warner Bros. apologized after “The Witches” was criticized for describing physical disabilities in a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel.
The company said in a statement to NBC News that it was “deeply distraught to learn that our depictions of fictional characters in The Witches might upset people with disabilities” and “regretted unjustly. any criminal acts have caused “.
Many supporters with disabilities criticized the film after pictures of Anne Hathaway’s character appeared online. Her character can be seen with three webbed fingers on each hand ̵1; often referred to as a “split hand” or correct.
Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren said on Twitter on Monday that while she understood the film as fiction, depicting the differences between its limbs created an inaccurate harmful trick. .
“It is not uncommon for surgeons to try to create hands like these for children / adults with certain limb differences,” she said. “It’s annoying with something that makes another person perceive something scary.”
Paralympic Games official Twitter account agreed.
“The chi difference is not scary. The difference should be honored and the disability should be normalized, ”the account said on Twitter Tuesday.
“When adapting the original story, we worked with the designers and artists to come up with new explanations of the cat-like claws depicted in the book,” said the studio. “Viewers never intend to feel that these magical creatures, not humans, are to represent them.”
In the end, the studio said that the film was about “the power of kindness and friendship.”
“We hope that families and children can enjoy the film and embrace this powerful, loving theme,” the company said.