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Peter Dinklage, the dwarf actor made famous for his role in the TV series “Game of Thrones,” appears to be trying to cancel the original “Snow White” because it offends his dwarfish sensibilities.
During an appearance Monday on “WTF with Marc Maron,” a weekly podcast hosted by comedian Marc Maron, he seemingly complained about Disney’s planned upcoming “Snow White” remake not being woke enough.
“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,” he said.
“You’re progressive in one way, but then you’re still making that f–king backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together? What the f–k are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”
Over the summer, Disney announced plans to produce a live-action remake of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
But following Dinklage’s now-viral remarks Monday, Disney backtracked a little.
“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,” a Disney spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period,” the spokesperson added.
And so the remake is still set to be produced, though, from the sounds of it, the remake will be nothing like the original story.
What’s not clear is whether Dinklage was being serious. On one hand, he and Maron were chuckling as he spoke about “Snow White.” Moreover, he admitted later in the interview that he’s “about as politically non-correct” as one can be.
But on the other hand, he’s long harbored resentment over being a dwarf. A 2012 profile of him published by New York Times Magazine noted that “as the only dwarf in his family, he was often angry about his height in his youth.”
The anger grew as he entered the world of acting but found it difficult to get an agent.
“Even after Dinklage’s memorable first film role in the 1995 Steve Buscemi indie comedy ‘Living in Oblivion’ … he still couldn’t get an agent. ‘Word got out [about his height],’ he says. ‘I started to build up a resentment,'” the profile reads.
He also expressed great displeasure at dwarf jokes.
“Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It’s one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice. Not just by people who’ve had too much to drink in England and want to throw a person. But by media, everything. You can say no. You can not be the object of ridicule,” he said.
While critics say his personal trauma is completely understandable, they do nevertheless take issue with him trying to use it to “ruin” a classic story and potentially rob seven other dwarf actors of acting roles:
Snow White & the 7 dwarfs will forever be a classic tale. We aren’t going to start canceling stories & doing remakes of every story ever told bc @Peter_Dinklage thinks the story is “backwards” & others just want something to bitch about. Lord of the rings next, Peter?
— Mark (@Mark_V1ncent10) January 26, 2022
I dont understand the negative association with the dwarves in Snow White, hi ho hi ho it’s off to work we go,strong work ethic, taking care of a lost girl raising her, compassion, moral conviction, nothing but positive Dwarf image.
— Reno Gray (@RenoGrays) January 26, 2022
@Peter_Dinklage so @Disney shouldn’t use dwarfs in Snow White & the 7 DWARFS? So what’s it gonna be Snow Latina & the Seven Tall Guys? Just do away with the dwarfs why use ppl with dwarfism when you can use tall ppl why give jobs to actors with dwarfism? You afraid of competition
— bradley (@bradley45636218) January 26, 2022
Simply hypocritical that @Peter_Dinklage has issues with @WaltDisneyCo ‘s #SnowWhite but was all fine playing a dwarf on #GOT & he seems ok with possibly taking away jobs from other dwarves now that he’s rich and famous. Sickening. And screw @WaltDisneyCo also.
— Ron C (@roncarlson1) January 26, 2022
Crying about Snow White when they never presented the dwarves in a derogatory way. Not to mention you screwed 7 actual dwarves out of an acting job. Way to go numb nuts.
— Tim (@Tim38592136) January 26, 2022
— HerrAmerica (@herr_america) January 25, 2022
As seen above, critics also point to the numerous examples of Dinklage himself playing (and getting paid for) silly dwarf characters, including an angry elf:
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