Peter Dinklage Discusses Why He Feels Disney’s Live-Action Snow White Isn’t As Inclusive As It Can Be

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Disney just can’t catch a break with “Snow White.” From guests complaining about the ending of the “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish” attraction in Disneyland to the divisiveness about casting Latina actress Rachel Zegler to play the lead character. Now, Peter Dinklage is weighing in on why he feels that Disney could do more.

**Update with Disney’s response at the end of the article**

During an interview on Marc Maron’s “WTF” Podcast he had comments to make about the choices Disney appears to be making in regards to certain characters and not others.

Dinklage said:

There’s a lot of hypocrisy going on. Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. But you’re still telling the story of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me.

You’re progressive in one way but then you’re still making that f**king backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f*ck are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soap box? I guess I’m not loud enough. I don’t know which studio that is but they were so proud of it. All love and respect to the actress and all the people who thought they were doing the right thing. But I’m just like, what are you doing?

To be fair the dwarfs didn’t live in the mines, they worked in the mines and lived in a house, but the point still stands that they are depicted a certain way.

Disney has been talking about inclusion and diversity openly and then acting in ways contrary to that behind the scenes for awhile. On one hand they worry that animatronic monkeys are depicted authentically and then on the other they allegedly don’t want a strong, female character, depicted in a way that gives her muscles.

Maybe, sometimes, a story should just be left as a part of the past and not be retold again, because it’s going to be offensive to someone no matter what. Then again every story is going to offend someone. So what should Disney do?

When it comes to the Disney ‘Snow White’ story the dwarfs make up most of the characters in the tale so maybe Disney should look at portraying them in a way different than how they’ve traditionally been portrayed.

Maybe Disney should just stop making live-action adaptations and let the past stay in the past, and make new things that portray characters in authentic and inclusive ways. Otherwise, some people don’t get a “key” even if there is one marked just for them.

UPDATE–

Since his comments Disney has responded with:

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.”

“Lengthy development period” probably means, oh crap, we didn’t think about that! Now back to the drawing board.

Again, just stop making these live-action redos.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Source: Variety, Laughing Place



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