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Peter Dinklage Is Outraged At ‘Rotten Representation Of Dwarfs’ In New Snow White


The 52-year-old actor, suffering from achondroplasia, deplores the “hypocrisy” of Disney and Hollywood studios, which nevertheless continue to open the way to diversity in their productions. He wants the tale to be rewritten, on the condition of being “deranged, cool or progressive”.

The fairyland turns sour for Princess Snow White. After a desired rewriting of the tale by two Californian journalists, “shocked” speak “unwanted kissgiven by Prince Charming, now Peter Dinklage protests against the new adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Disney Studios. Not because of a forced kiss, but because of the representation of the dwarfs that it is made of.

“A backward story”

For this feature film filmed in live action, director Marc Webb chose Rachel Zegler, an American actress of Colombian origin, recently revealed in the musical West Side Story by Steven Spielberg, to embody Snow White.

Guest of the WTF podcast, hosted by screenwriter Marc Maron, the 52-year-old actor, best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the hit series Game Of Thrones , laments thehypocrisy” Hollywood studios, which continue to pave the way for diversity in their productions. Yet, in his eyes,the fucking rotten representation of dwarfs» goes by the wayside.

Peter Dinklage, who has achondroplasia, a genetic disease causing abnormal bone growth, takes this distribution very seriously.“Without wanting to offend anyone, I was a little surprised when they announced they were giving the role of Snow White to a Latina actress. (…) You are progressive in a way but you keep telling this backward story about seven dwarves living together in a cave… What do you do? Did I do nothing to advance the cause? You have to believe that my voice does not carry enough“said the actor who says he is” disconcerted “and is not against a rewriting of the tale, still it is necessary that it be more “deranged, cool or progressive”.

Faced with the statements of Peter Dinklage, the Disney studios reacted quickly. “To avoid reinforcing the stereotypes of the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and consulting with members of the dwarfism community”, reports a spokesperson for the firm with big ears in a press release sent to Entertainment Weekly this Tuesday. “We look forward to sharing more as the film enters production after a long period of development.“, Continues this official communication.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated film from Disney studios, released in 1937. But it is not the first to be the subject of turmoil. Peter Pan, Dumbo, Lare Aristocats or Lady and The Tramp, would contain stereotypes considered racist by certain communities, obliging the platform Disney+ to make cartoons inaccessible from “kids” profiles.

For adult audiences, a “trigger warning”, or warning message, appears when these films are launched: “This program includes dated depictions and/or negative treatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and still are now. Rather than removing this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it, and spark discussion to create a more inclusive future together…”

However, there remains a crucial question in the event of a rewriting of the tale: what will become of Prof, Sneeze, Sleeper, Grumpy, Happy, Shy and Dopey?

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