Thursday, May 18, 2006

And Now for Something Completely Different

I am tired of thinking about the TEL betrayal and being depressed.

I figured that Catholics would be upset about The Da Vinci Code, but I ignored the forgotten minority -- albinos!

From The Boston Herald:

As Tom Hanks' "The Da Vinci Code" opening looms May 19, featuring an albino character as a murderous, self-flagellating monk, a Hingham-born albino moviemaker is set to screen his own film tomorrow in Boston that wryly attacks the myth of the "evil albino."

"It's another kind of evil or outcast depiction of a person with albinism," said Dennis Hurley, 28, who was angered over the homicidal red-eyed character Silas depicted in the "The Da Vinci Code" best-selling novel. "There are regular people like me who happen to have this condition."

"I just want to see a change," said Hurley, a Hingham High School grad and struggling New York actor.

Albinism is an inherited condition that affects 1 in 17,000 people in the United States, according to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH). Albinos have very white skin and hair and very poor vision.

NOAH has called for an end to albinos portrayed in films as "mystical freaks" and villains.


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