Anne Hathaway (37) has apologized to viewers who are angry about ‘The Witches’. The actress writes on Instagram that her intention was not to hurt people with physical disabilities with her character who has “differences in her limbs”.

“I owe you all my apologies”

In the new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, the Chief Witch (Hathaway), unlike in the book, has three longer fingers on each hand and no toes. The HBO Max movie received a lot of criticism after its release. “It sends a message to me that we should be afraid of people missing fingers,” comedian Alex Brooker, who was born with a physical disability himself, told the BBC .

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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. 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. 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. 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. If you aren’t already familiar, please check out the @Lucky_Fin_Project (video above) and the #NotAWitch hashtag to get a more inclusive and necessary perspective on limb difference.

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“I owe you all my apologies,” Hathaway writes. The actress had not considered that her character has differences in her limbs. “If I had, this never would have happened. I especially want to say sorry to children who have differences in their limbs. Now that I know that, I promise I will do better.”

Film studio Warner Bros had previously apologized. “Viewers were never meant to feel like these fanciful, non-human beings represented them.”