Anne Hathaway received backlash for her Grand High Witch's character portrayed in the fantasy comedy movie, The Witches. The 37-year-old actress played an iconic villain from Roald Dahl's comic book initially released in 1983.
The Grand High Witch has missing fingers as she portrays the character of a popular villain. However, Anne Hathaway recently took Instagram to apologize for hurting the sentiments of the differently-abled community. Hathaway admitted that she learned later that there are people in pain because of limb differences, especially kids.
Anne Hathaway began her apology by saying that she tries her best to a sensitive person and ensure that no one gets hurt due to her actions or craft. She further said that she wants to respect others' feelings primarily and it seemed to be the idle thing to do.پ
"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,” she explained.
Anne Hathaway also posted a video along with the note. In the video, she deeply apologized for being the cause of the pain to people who believe in "inclusivity." She explained that she did not make any difference to the character's appearance when it was presented to her.
In fact, Anne Hathaway said that she had no idea about the limb look before. She ensured that if she knew it wouldn't have happened in the first place. She again emphasized her apology and said that she is extremely sorry for the children dealing with limb differences.
However, The Dark Knight Rises star said that now that she has learned about it, she will definitely strive to do better. Anne Hathaway made a promise to the little kids and said that she owes them a "special apology," including their families who she let down.
After Anne Hathaway apologized, Warner Bros. also issued an apology after facing the major backlash. Viewers started noticing and pointing out the similarity between a person with limb abnormality ectrodactyly and Hathaway's character's hands, which are also called Split Hands.
The statement of Warner Bros mentioned that they regret portraying a character that offended differently-able people. Moreover, they explained how they tried to adapt to the original comic book and how the artists and designers worked on it. As mentioned in the book, the creative team came up with cat-like claws, which they tried to interpret.