Will it never end? It seems that The Da Vinci Code
offend everyone on the planet; this time, it's the albino community that is angry with the movie for depicting albinos as evil villians. Michael McGowan, the head of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
, had asked the movie's production people not to bleach Silas the albino monk's hair or make his eyes red, but to no avail. Again, I'm no fan of the book and found the albino-monk-assassin scenes most laughable and fairly annoying. More amusing to me is this profile
of Victor Varnado, an actor-comedian who actually auditioned for the part of Silas, but lost out to Paul Bettany
. According to Varnado, "I think that albinos should have all [albino] roles . . . Painting a guy to look like an albino is like the blackface of albinism!" Hmm, the blackface of albinism. I'm still thinking about that one. Apparently Varnado just wasn't physically intimidating enough to play Silas.