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The film The Da Vinci Code opened today. The movie will no doubt do blockbuster numbers, but the book and movie have already managed to put more undies in a twist than a simultaneous panty raid on every sorority house in America.
The revolving door of Code offendees continues to turn.
In addition to those who think the book and film is blasphemous because of fictional biblical details featured in the story (such as Mary Magdalene and Jesus were married), now albinos are ticked off. Albinos? That’s right.
Here’s the story, and you be the judge as to whether or not theÃ‚Â albinos in questionÃ‚Â have a valid beef, or if they just need to, uh, lighten up.
Among his (Hanks)Ã‚Â co-stars is Paul Bettany, the British actor playing monk-assassin Silas, an albino with red eyes who carries out a series of bloody murders to secure the secret of the Holy Grail, a trove of lost Christian documents that could prove Jesus had wed.
Critics cite a long list of albinos cast as heavies by Hollywood: The dreadlocked twins in “The Matrix Reloaded,” a powder-haired hit man in the Chevy Chase-Goldie Hawn crime romp “Foul Play,” the pasty zombies in “The Omega Man,” a sadistic killer in “Cold Mountain,” even the wicked executioner in the fairy-tale comedy “The Princess Bride.”
Michael McGowan, an albino who heads the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, said “The Da Vinci Code” will be the 68th movie since 1960 to feature an evil albino.
You can attribute this to the HollywoodÃ‚Â fallacy that all evil characters need to have an obviousÃ‚Â physical difference or quirk apartÃ‚Â from the majority of people in order to “sell” as a nasty character. Heck, if a pirate lobby existed (and one probably does), they’d also be angry at HollywoodÃ‚Â because every time a character in any show hasÃ‚Â to have aÃ‚Â mean sibling, they do so by making the same actor simply wear an eye patch. Viola! Instant “evil twin”.
I’m not sureÃ‚Â the casting of albinos in roles of undesirable human beings isÃ‚Â a personalÃ‚Â shot at albinos though, it’s just the “easy” thing for writers and filmmakers to do. Oh, that andÃ‚Â a not-so-latentÃ‚Â fear ofÃ‚Â things that areÃ‚Â different.
Since most of Hollywood is liberal, though, it is interesting how the side who’s supposed to care deeply about the feelings of all human beings continues to use albinos in overwhelmingly “bad-guy” roles. I’m hard pressed to think of an albino who was a bad guy in real life. Sure, Edgar Winter made a couple of bad albums, but that’s no reason to blame it on everybody else.
So, yes, the list of people angry at The Da Vinci Code has grown even more.
Who’ll be the next group offended? I’m taking bets.
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