Backlash against the witches: Disabled people, including Paralympians, criticize the remake of the classic Roald Dahl for the use of split hands
- On October 22nd, HBO released Max The Witches – the second adaptation of Dahl's famous novel after the hit 1990 film
- Stars Anne Hathaway as the evil Grand High Witch who apparently split her hands with only three fingers
- Disabled people fought each other in the film for demonizing split hands in what is known as ectrodactyly
- Amy Marren, a swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 2016 Paralympic Games, was one of the first to criticize the film
A new Roald Dahl film remake has been heavily criticized by the disabled community, including prominent Paralympic athletes.
On October 22nd, HBO released Max The Witches – the second adaptation of Dahl's famous novel after the hit 1990 film.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Anne Hathaway plays the evil Grand High Witch who turns out to have split her hands with just three fingers.
People with disabilities fought each other in the film for demonizing split hands Ectrodactyly.
Anne Hathaway portrays the Grand High Witch in the new adaptation of & # 39; The Witches & # 39;
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Anne Hathaway plays the evil Grand High Witch who turns out to have split her hands with just three fingers
Amy Marren, a swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 2016 Paralympic Games, was one of the first to criticize the film and ask on Twitter if there was much thought about how this depiction of limb difference would affect the limb difference community. & # 39;
The Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit dedicated to raising support and awareness of limb differences, also went to Twitter to criticize the film and petition to boycott its viewing.
British television actress Melissa Johns, who was born without a right forearm or right hand, also criticized "The Witches" as irresponsible.
UK Star Paralympic athlete Amy Marren leads a lawsuit against "The Witches".
Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren was one of the first celebrities to criticize the film
The British Paralympic swimmer won a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games
The Lucky Fin project also used social media to criticize "The Witches" and start a boycott
The International Paralympic Committee also promoted the film and used "#NotAWitch" on social media to generate more responses from the disabled community.
Critics point out that neither the 1983 book nor the 1990 film starring Angelica Huston contained split hands.
Indeed, Dalh describes the witches' physical appearance in detail, referring to their having claws rather than fingernails, but does not mention missing fingers or split hands.
Warner Bros. released a statement on Deadline saying they were "deeply saddened to learn that our portrayal of the fictional characters in" The Witches "could upset people with disabilities" and that they "regret any crime we have committed".
They added, “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. The viewers never intended to feel that the fantastic, non-human creatures were supposed to be portraying them. & # 39;
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, ectrodactyly occurs at birth, and its severity can vary for those who have it. The disease occurs in 1 in 90,000 to 100,000 births worldwide.
The Lucky Fin project creates support and awareness for those who have limb differences
Actress Melissa Johns, who was born with limb differences, also called out The Witches