holy witches : an adaptation of a classic by Roald Dahl
famous book by the author Charlie and the chocolate factory, holy witches is entitled to a new adaptation in 2021, after that of Nicolas Roeg (The witches) released in 1990. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the future, Forrest Gump), the film plunges us into the childhood of the narrator, to whom Chris Rock lends his voice.
After the death of his parents in a tragic car accident, the little boy is taken in by his grandmother (Octavia Spencer) in Alabama, at the end of the 1960s. The latter constantly warns him about witches, vile creatures who hate children.
While they are both staying at the luxurious Grand Orleans Imperial Island Hotel, the hero notices that the demons led by the Great Witch (Anne Hathaway) are meeting there for a convention. Turned into a mousehe must redouble his ingenuity and courage to fight them.
Anne Hathaway’s apology amid controversy
When released in the United States in October 2020, holy witches finds itself at the heart of a controversy. people with disabilities castigate the depiction of witches’ hands, starting with those of the Grandissime, consisting of two fingers and a thumb. Hands that resemble those of people suffering from ectrodactyly.
A #NotAWitch hashtag is born on Twitter and many Internet users are protesting, including professional swimmer Amy Warren. The latter ensures that these similarities could to provoke distrust of people with disabilities and those displaying body differences. In an attempt to calm the situation, Warner Bros. ensures that the team holy witches never wanted to stigmatize anyone.
In November 2020, Anne Hathaway in turn decides to speak on Instagram and apologize. In his post, actress ‘promises’ she’ll ‘do better’ in future and that she had absolutely no idea that her character’s appearance could prove to be hurtful. In a long post, the actress writes:
Let me start by saying that I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others, not out of fear of political correctness, but because not hurting others is the basic level of decency and we we should all fight for it.
As someone who truly believes in inclusivity and truly hates cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused.
I didn’t make the disability connection when I was shown the first look at the character – if I had, I assure you all of this would never have happened.