Anne Hathaway is apologizing after her character’s appearance on the recently released movie The Witches, caused “pain” especially for kids suffering from limb differences.
The Oscar-awarded actress expressed her apologies to the disable community after her character in the movie received backlash.
On Thursday, November 5, she wrote on Instagram about how she found out that “many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because of the portrayal of the Grand High Witch in The Witches.”
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Anne Hathaway has made an apology. This is a step in the right direction. This is a teachable moment. Let’s not strive for a “Cancel Culture” but an educated, inclusive, empathetic, and empowering one. Forward together is how we all learn and rise. 🧡 Go to @annehathaway’s page to see original post OR link is in our bio. #limbdifferenceawareness #luckyfinproject #celebrate #educate #support #unite #notawitch
She said, “I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others not out of some scrambling PC fear, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency we should all be striving for.”
Hathaway added, “As someone who really believes in inclusivity and really, really detests cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused.”
The actress already has two children of her own and she expressed her apology to the families who are raising differently abled kids and love them as much as she loves her own children. She said sorry for letting their family down.
She explained that she never made the connection between her character, the Grand High Witch, and limb differences and if she had, she assured everyone that it won’t happen again. In conclusion she apologized to kids with disabilities and promised to do better. She also encouraged her fans to educate themselves by checking out Lucky Fin Project so they can “get a more inclusive and necessary perspective.”
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. also issued a statement recently through their spokesperson who said that the filmmakers “are deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities, and regret any offense caused.”
Additionally, the creative team wanted to find “a new interpretation” of “cat-like claws” like in the original stories and that “It was never the intention for viewers to feel that the fantastical, non-human creatures were meant to represent them. This film is about the power of kindness and friendship.”
Last November 2, The Lucky Fin Project called out the filmmakers for deliberately making Hathaway’s limbs different to make her look creepy and sinister. The organization claimed that it upset them and the community response was overwhelming.