The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentationare is launching a campaign against the Tom Hanks film "The Da Vinci Code." Albinos are seeing red over Dan Brown's "cruelly stereotypical" depiction of his "The Da Vinci Code" villain.
But the best-selling scribe, who's in court over charges of stealing the plot of his blockbuster novel, which premieres on
the silver screen this spring, has been assuring them the "hulking albino" assassin Silas is in fact sympathetic.
Meanwhile, to combat the latest in Hollywood's long line of "evil albinos," the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation is indeed launching their planned campaign this week against the Tom Hanks flick.
In 2003, June Waugh, an albino teacher in California, wrote to Brown after reading he'd struck a movie deal. She was distressed that the red-eyed Silas, a religious zealot who kills repeatedly in the name of God, embodies "damning" and "hateful" stereotypes of albinism. He is played in the movie by Paul Bettany.
"You might be interested to know that Silas... is a far more sympathetic character than anyone else in the novel," Brown swiftly replied. Still, NOAH (The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentationare) had by then taken up Waugh's cause, asking director Ron Howard not to make Silas albino.