The actress was featured earlier this week for her role in the new HBO movie The witches, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book of the same name.
The witches in the film got three fingers to make them more terrifying. Your hands resemble the ectrodactyly of the real limb anomaly, also known as the “split hand”.
Many people criticized the representationand claimed it taught children that this handicap makes people “a terrible monstrosity”.
Behindertenaktivistin India Sasha sent to Instagram: “If I was ever presented with a disability in movies or on TV, it was often portrayed as ugly to laugh, or worse, scary. I had people scream when they saw my hand. Nobody wanted to hold my hand in Kreiszeit. “
“THANK GOD, I didn’t bring this film out when all of this added to that awareness.”
In the original book, the witches are only described with claws instead of fingernails and depicted with five fingers.
Hathaway, who appears as Grand High Witch in the new film, spoke on Instagramand apologized for their ignorance in the presentation of disabilities.
“I recently learned that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain from the depiction of the Grand High Witch in The Witches,” she wrote.
“Let me start by saying that I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others, not out of pc fear, but because it is a basic level of propriety that we should all strive for when we don’t hurt others. As someone who truly believes in inclusiveness and really, really hates cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused. I’m so sorry. “
“I didn’t associate the limb difference with that [Grand High Witch] when the appearance of the character was brought to me; If I had, I assure you that this would never have happened. “
She continued, “I especially want to say that children with limb differences are sorry. Now that I know better, I promise I’ll do better. And I owe a special apology to those who love you as much as I love my own, kids: I’m sorry I failed your family. “
The Suddenly Princess The actress shared a video from the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit that exists to raise awareness and celebrate children, individuals and families affected by limb differences.
The organization launched the hashtag #NotAWitch this week to encourage people with limb differences to share their photos in order to normalize the disability.
you applauded Hathaway’s apology with the words: “Let’s not strive for a ‘break off culture’, but for an educated, integrative, empathetic and empowering one.
Warner Bros., who produced the film, made one too Explanation about their portrayal of witches.
“We, the filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures, are deeply saddened to learn that our portrayal of the fictional characters in The witches could upset people with disabilities and regret any crime caused.
“In adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new take on the feline claws described in the book. It was never the audience’s intention to feel the fantastic, non-human creatures representing them. “
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