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Post  candyfloss on Thu 10 Sep 2015, 10:05 am

'Snow White and the Seven Friends': theatre changes tune over 'offensive' dwarfs


De Montfort Hall in Leicester responds to criticism after reportedly saying that 'dwarf' is "generally not a word that people feel comfortable with"






A theatre has hit back after reportedly removing the word 'dwarfs' from its pantomime production of Snow White for fear it would cause offence.



De Montfort Hall in Leicester is said to have told the media that Snow White will instead be accompanied by seven "friends" because dwarf is “generally not a word that people feel comfortable with”.

Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sneezy and Sleepy in the production will be replaced by child actors billed as “friends”, the Leicester Mercury reported.

But the theatre has now clarified its position, saying that the panto - entitled 'Snow White' - would still refer to the characters as "dwarfs", though they will be played by a child dance troupe wearing costumes instead of adult actors.

The original reports produced a backlash from actor Warwick Davis, who suspected it was a way of boosting the panto’s profit margins by involving children as opposed to professionals.

Mr Davis, the 3ft6ins star of Harry Potter and Star Wars, told the Leicester Mercury it was “patronising" that "people are offended on our behalf".

Now Anthony Flint, general manager at De Montfort Hall has told The Independent the panto was based more on the 1812 Grimm fairytale than the 1937 Disney film, which has a bigger role for the dwarfs.

The emphasis would instead be on the Wicked Queen, played by Benidorm star Sherrie Hewson, he added.


Mr Flint said: “The programme at De Montfort Hall is firmly driven by star names and celebrity, and it’s no different for pantomime, so the panto storyline focuses on the characters of Snow White and Wicked Queen, played by this year’s star,  Sherrie Hewson.

“[The seven dwarfs are] being played by the dance team in full costume rather than a team of adult actors for the two or three scenes they appear in, but audiences will absolutely get the full traditional story they’re expecting to see – dwarfs and all.

READ MORE:  • Warwick Davis angry at panto's 'patronising' decision to drop dwarves from Snow White out of political correctness

“The dance teams that will play these characters as well as providing the dance ensemble, were selected by open audition earlier in the year and panto is the ideal vehicle for them to be involved in a professional theatre production, often for the first time”.

Social media was, inevitably, awash with claims of “political correctness gone mad”.




http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/snow-white-to-be-accompanied-by-friends-after-theatre-deems-dwarfs-offensive-10492685.html?

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Post  Guest on Thu 10 Sep 2015, 1:36 pm

I am very offended by the term "dwarfs". It should be "dwarves".

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Post  candyfloss on Thu 10 Sep 2015, 1:39 pm

Resistor wrote:I am very offended by the term "dwarfs".  It should be "dwarves".

I have looked at a few sites it can be either it seems.......


Definition of dwarf in English:

noun (plural dwarfs or dwarves /dwɔːvz/)

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/dwarf

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Post  Mimi on Thu 10 Sep 2015, 2:53 pm

candyfloss wrote:
Resistor wrote:I am very offended by the term "dwarfs".  It should be "dwarves".

I have looked at a few sites it can be either it seems.......


Definition of dwarf in English:

noun (plural dwarfs or dwarves /dwɔːvz/)

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/dwarf

My Collins dic says it can be either.

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Post  Freedom on Fri 11 Sep 2015, 10:00 am

A politically correct version of Little Red Riding Hood which made me smile.

http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/jokes/bljokepcredridinghood.htm
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