Thats the word from Mike McGowan, president of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH), who is concerned that one of the main characters in the book and film is a murderous albino monk named Silas.
McGowan says Silas is just the latest of a long string of villainous albinos in films without one positive portrayal and worries that Silas will replace Casper or Powder as the latest albino insult on school playgrounds.
Although he has tried discussing the issue with Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown and director Ron Howard, his objections fell on deaf ears because the filmmakers didnt want to disappoint fans of the book.
However, McGowan says the Silas character is not even realistic because he is a top marksman and the pink eyes associated with albinism make it difficult to hit a moving target with accuracy.
McGowan admits theres no chance of changing the movie to show a more truthful portrayal of albinism but hopes to piggyback on the movies publicity juggernaut to raise awareness about the condition.
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