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Friday, 12 May 2006

DVC and Hollywood double standards

Opus Dei requested that Sony Pictures include a disclaimer in the film to state that it is a work of fiction. The director, Ron Howard, has refused to include one.

The post No Da Vinci Disclaimer at Gerald Augustinus' blog lists fictional films which included a disclaimer to limit offence to particular groups - Asians, Blacks, Gays, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Native Americans, Nearsighted and Wolves. (Yes, wolves!)

Gerald's post quotes from the article It's show time for Ron Howard from the excellent "Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights" in the USA. Bill Donohue ends the piece by saying:
Apparently, Ron Howard is more of a gambler than I thought. Had he done what other directors have done before him and put in a disclaimer, the risks to his reputation would have been minimal. Now it’s show time for Mr. Howard, and not just his movie.
(Meanwhile, here in England, the gung-ho approach of the "Da Vinci Code Response Group" is to say it is harmless fun.)
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