Roald Dahl's The Witches film faces backlash for 'offensive' depiction of hands with three fingers

James Besanvalle
Wednesday 04 November 2020 10:45
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Roald Dahl’s The Witches has come under fire for the depiction of “evil” characters as having three fingers.

The film – starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Jahzir Bruno – sees a group of antagonist witches try to turn children into mice.

Around non-witches, these villains appear just like regular humans but when no one else is around, they take off their gloves to reveal that they only have three fingers on each hand.

Disability rights groups and people with hand differences are not happy about the representation – saying it paints upper limb differences as “creepy and evil”:

Former Coronation Street star Melissa Johns slammed the remake for “using disability to highlight a character as a baddie”.

Similarly, children’s limb difference charity Reach said the depiction could be “extremely damaging”.

They said:

Many limb difference children and young people have a significant challenging time accepting being different, overcoming mental health and physical challenges that many others take for granted and being subjected to bullying.

Warner Bros Pictures is yet to publicly comment on the backlash.

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