Dinklage condemns Disney’s Snow White

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Actor Peter Dinklage has aired his disappointment towards Disney after the announcement they are set to release a live-action version of their classic animation Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The Game of Thrones star called the forthcoming movie a step “backward”.

Dinklage, who has a form dwarfism called achondroplasia, told podcaster Marc Maron: "I was a little taken aback by [the fact] they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White," he told podcaster Marc Maron.

"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."

In a past interview Dinklage said representing of dwarfism is “bad writing” to make it a "dominant character trait".

Latina actress Rachel Zegler plays Snow White in the new movie, Dinklage supports the casting but believes it contradicts Disney’s commitment to diversity.

He said: "You're progressive in one way but you're still making that backward story of seven dwarves living in the cave.

"Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soap box? I guess I'm not loud enough.

"They were so proud of that, and 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?'

Paralympian swimmer Will Perry told Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I know loads of people who love [Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs] for the right reason... but we are now in the 21st Century.

"People like Disney, who have influence over young people, need to be influencing them in the right direction."

In a statement Disney said: "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."

The animated version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937.