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Anne Hathaway Apologizes After New Movie ‘The Witches’ Receives Backlash

Anne Hathaway's new movie The Witches received backlash from the disability community.

Anne Hathaway’s new movie The Witches received backlash from the disability community.

Anne Hathaway is dropping an apology after her latest film, The Witches, faced criticism from the disability group.

The actress took to Instagram, where she stated:

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.

Hathaway added,

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.

Hathaway said she owed an apology to the group and was saddened to learn she had brought distress to people.

She continued,

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.

Hathaway plays the role of Grand High Witch in the film, who has three fingers in each hand, a disorder that is identical to ectrodactyly, a limb impairment.

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Last week, a Warner Bros. representative released a statement acknowledging the backlash, stating the corporation was profoundly distressed to hear their characterization of fictitious characters in The Witches offended disabled people.

Hathaway, meanwhile, stated she strives to do better in the future.

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.

She concluded by steering followers to the Lucky Fin Initiative, a non-profit group that supports kids with limb discrepancies.

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