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Anne Hathaway Issues Apology on Instagram Amidst ‘The Witches’ Controversy

A brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s basic kids’s guide The Witches has garnered quite a lot of controversy on social media for its portrayal of three-fingered witches — which many argue perpetuates unfavourable stereotypes about folks residing with ectrodactyly. The film charts the misdeeds dedicated by a gaggle of evil witches led by the Grand Excessive Witch (Anne Hathaway), all of whom have lacking digits. 

‘The Witches’ film was met with heated controversy on social media.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis — the mastermind behind Forrest Gump, the Again to the Future collection, and the like — the brand new film reimagines Roald Dahl’s darkish story a couple of group of child-hating witches. 

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Within the unique guide, the witches’ ill-willed nature is illustrated by their uncommon look. As a substitute of palms, they’ve “skinny curvy claws,” which they disguise with gloves. They’re bald, which they disguise with wigs. Their eyes can change colours, their spit is blue, and they’re notably delicate to the scent of youngsters. 

The brand new film starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and the like takes this emphasis on unconventional bodily options a lot additional. Very similar to within the 1983 kids’s guide, the witches’ cranium is naked, which they cowl up with wigs. Nonetheless, as an alternative of claws, they’ve lacking digits. 

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Many have taken it to social media to voice considerations about how the contestable illustration impacts folks with disabilities. 

“Who thought it was a good suggestion so as to add in a incapacity simply to make a witch extra scary when it is not even written within the guide or within the unique film? Sure, that is only a film to some, however this results [sic] the notion of the disabled rather more than you understand. #TheWitches,” wrote an individual. 

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The film additionally sparked a brand new hashtag, #notawitch, beneath which Twitter customers have been sharing posts that disprove the baseless stereotypes surrounding limb distinction. 

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Not everybody agrees with the criticism voiced in opposition to the film in current days. Some are satisfied that it has nothing to do with the lengthy lineage of mainstream cultural narratives that painting villains with bodily disabilities. 

“It isn’t depicting a incapacity. ALL the witches are non-human creatures with claws. They aren’t disabled, it is their pure state, simply as their ft, mouths and hairless heads are pure. They don’t seem to be disabled people, they’re totally ready WITCHES. Their fingers are NOT lacking,” argued another person. 

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