Disabled Community upset, slammed ‘The Witches’, Warner Bros express regret

Warner Bros express their regrets, said they are “deeply saddened” that the disabled community got upset due to The Witches movie.

Manvika Adlakha

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In the movie, Hathway’s character Grand High Witch can be seen to have three elongated fingers in both the hands and other characters also have the same. This is similar to the limb abnormality, ectrodactyly, in which a person has a split hand.

British Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren took it to Twitter to slam the film for its depiction of witches.


In another tweet, Marren called out the film by saying, “Limb difference is not scary. Differences should be celebrated and disability has to be normalised.”

To which a spokesperson of Warner Bros responded saying that the studio is “deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities.”

The Witches is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic, helmed by filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, featuring actors Anne Hathway, Octavia Spencer, Jahzir Kadeen, Chris Rock Bruno and Stanley Tucci. It was premiered on October 22 on HBO Max and since then have been slammed by many prominent people, including Paralympians and the Paralympic Games organization for its depiction of witches.


Source: Deccan Herald