On Tuesday, Disney released a statement in response to actor Peter Dinklage’s criticism of their upcoming Snow White live-action remake. Dinklage remarked on the “backward” nature of the story in Monday night’s episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. His issue was with the inclusion of fantasy dwarves as Snow White’s helpers and friends. Read the media conglomerate’s response below:
“To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community. We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”
I honestly find this whole thing kind of funny. I have nothing against Peter Dinklage and don’t really know what I think regarding the portrayal of little people in the movies. I admit most dwarf characters I can think of, aside from his role as Tyrion Lannister, are comedic in nature; I give him that. But I just find it funny to see Disney forced to dance around topics of representation rather than get the kudos they so obviously crave. I think it’s evident that they and the majority of entertainment companies care about money and not the groups they claim to seek elevation for. Whether you’re conservative or liberal, black or white, Disney does not care about you or your respective group and demographic. I’m not even saying they should, just that they’re hypocrites. I wonder if they were already speaking with the dwarfism community or if they decided to do so in response to the backlash. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was the latter.
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