Speaking of the "Da Vinci Code", protests by offended Christians, particularly Catholics, are happening around the world. Many are calling for it to be banned, censored, or accompanied by a disclaimer noting that it is a work of fiction.
Deja vu all over again. It’ll be interesting to see how many of those who loudly denounced Muslims for supposedly imposing their religious values during the cartoon controversy will speak out against the attempts of some Christians to impose their values on the world.
BTW, there’s a less familiar group criticizing the movie: Albinos. Apparently the movie’s archvillain is a sinister albino.
Before you laugh…
Also, while not planning a protest or boycott, members of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation expressed unhappiness with the film’s heavy, a monk-assassin, being an albino, as described in the book.
Michael McGowan, an albino who heads the organization, said "The Da Vinci Code" will be the 68th movie since 1960 to feature an evil albino.
The "Da Vinci" character "is just the latest in a long string," McGowan said. "The problem is there has been no balance. There are no realistic, sympathetic or heroic characters with albinism that you can find in movies or popular culture."
His lament about Hollywood’s instinctive preference for sinister or weird albino characters is nothing to laugh at, though, and it’s illustrative of the dangers of the overreliance on stereotypes and ethnic stock characters.
When is the last time you’ve seen an albino positively portrayed? That surely makes their lives harder.
And the pattern’s obviously familiar to Muslims. As with abinos, moviemakers just keep "happening" to choose to use nasty, unlikable Muslim characters. But they rarely "happen" to use Muslim figures that show that Muslims can be normal people. As the gentleman points out, its the lack of balance that’s the problem.