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Peter Dinklage Put Disney on Blast For Its 'Fucking Backwards' Snow White Remake

"Take a step back and look at what you're doing there. It makes no sense to me."
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Peter Dinklage is none too happy with Disney. In recent years, the House of Mouse has turned The Lion King, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book into live-action features, a trend they plan to continue. Its most recent announcement was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. You know—the story that features seven little people, living out in the woods, vibing with Snow White. (It shouldn't take too much to figure out why the plans are offensive...)

Dinklage discussed the film's announcement on Marc Maron's podcast WTF with Marc Maron in an episode that debuted on Monday. On the show, the actor took a shot at Disney, saying, “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." (West Side Story star Rachel Zegler was announced to play Snow White this past summer.) Dinklage continued, saying, "Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. Because you’re progressive in one way, but you’re still making that fucking backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the fuck are you doing, man?”

Dinklage, who is best known for his role as the cunning Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, has had a robust career, breaking any number of stereotypes along the way. This year, he stars in the award-contender musical, Cyrano. "Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough," Dinklage added. "All love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing. But I’m just like, what are you doing?”

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Following Dinklage's comments, Disney responded, releasing the following statement to The Wrap:

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.

Also reported from The Wrap—the seven characters will be replaced by seven "magical creatures."

FromEsquire US

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