Hollywood actor Anne Hathaway took to Instagram on November 5 and apologizes for her portrayal of ‘The Grand Witch‘ in the movie ‘The Witches’ that caused harm among the limb difference community.
As known, the character drew backlash due to its missing fingers, and a good number of members of the disability community expressed their concerns through social media channels. As one of them, British Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren said that the film showed the limb difference as a thing to be feared.
Following the statement, Warner Bros. Pictures issued the other day to apologize, the lead actor of the film, Hathaway released another statement alongside a video of Lucky Fin Project. She said that she was very sorry because children are in pain due to the portrayal of the ‘Grand High Witch.’ She continued by writing that she owes all the community an apology for the pain caused she and the film caused.
Then the actor wrote she did not connect limb difference with the character at the first sight and assured her followers that never would have happened in case she was aware of it. Later, she promised she will do better.
“I particularly want to say I’m sorry to kids with limb differences: now that I know better I promise I’ll do better. And I owe a special apology to everyone who loves you as fiercely as I love my own kids: I’m sorry I let your family down.”
At the end of her caption, she encouraged her followers to search for limb differences in order to raise awareness regarding this condition.
Shortly after she had made the apology, the official Instagram account for ‘Lucky Fin Project’ shared her message and described Hathaway’s action as a step in the right direction.
See below to view Anne Hathaway’s Instagram post.
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I have recently learned that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because of the portrayal of the Grand High Witch in The Witches. Let me begin by saying 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. As someone who really believes in inclusivity and really, really detests cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused. I am sorry. I did not connect limb difference with the GHW when the look of the character was brought to me; if I had, I assure you this never would have happened. I particularly want to say I’m sorry to kids with limb differences: now that I know better I promise I’ll do better. And I owe a special apology to everyone who loves you as fiercely as I love my own kids: I’m sorry I let your family down. If you aren’t already familiar, please check out the @Lucky_Fin_Project (video above) and the #NotAWitch hashtag to get a more inclusive and necessary perspective on limb difference.