Friday, May 19, 2006

Da Vinci Code Tumult

Am I completely missing something here? All this outcry over a book/movie? Isn't the book labeled fiction? Does anyone believe that it's not being sold as fiction --is that the religious leaders see this as the next 'Dianetics'?

In the interest of full disclosure, I haven't read 'The Divinci Code' or 'Angels and Demons'. For no other reason than there hasn't been time in the docket.

"Many Catholic and other Christian groups criticized the movie and asked that for a disclaimer stating it is fictional. Director Ron Howard refused, setting off more controversy.

The Catholic League, a New York-based anti-defamation group, issued a statement listing some recent films and television shows that do include disclaimers to respect the position of Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Blacks and Native Americans.

“Even wolves merited a disclaimer: Disney put a disclaimer in ‘White Fang’ saying there is no evidence of a healthy pack of wolves attacking a human in North America,” said Bill Donohue, the league’s president.

“Forget about wolves, if Howard were as sensitive to Catholics as those responsible for ‘La Vita E Bella’ were to Jews, he would have acceded to our request to inject a disclaimer. That 1998 film—a dark comedy about the Holocaust—opened with a voice-over saying it is a fable. So is ‘The Da Vinci Code.’”

Many Christians are avoiding the controversy because they suspect it will only fuel publicity for the movie, which is receiving mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival." (source)

...It seems the critics are saying that it isn't that good anyway. True to my nature, now I wanna read the book...

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