The studio apologized in a statement: “We the filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures we are very sad to learn that the portrayal of fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities and regret any offenses committed. “
The statement continued: “Adapting the original story, we partnered with designers and artists to find a new interpretation of the cat-like nails described in the book. “It was meant to represent them. This film is about the power of kindness and friendship. We hope families and children can enjoy the film and embrace this empowering, loving theme.”
The criticism came when viewers said the characters’ arms and legs in the film showed differences that negatively portrayed limb disability. Some went on social media with the hashtag #NotAWitch.
Paralympic medalist Amy Marren wrote on Twitter: “@Try yourself for #LimbDifferences and support the idea that you are #NotAWitch because you look different! You can also actively support the extremity difference community by using words that describe us as PEOPLE, not the difference that defines us. “
The Paralympic Games wrote on Twitter that “differences must be celebrated and disability must be normalized.”