The Washington Times - October 1, 2008, 03:38PM

The hand wringing over the use of the “R” word in “Tropic Thunder” has finally died down, but now there’s a new film protest in the works.

The new Julianne Moore feature “Blindness,” about a world in which nearly everyone is struck blind, has sparked a protest from a group dedicated to the blind. They claim the film portrays the blind as monsters, and they’re not gonna sit there and take it. They plan to protest at theaters showing the film nationawide.


Miramax, the studio behind the movie, released this statement today about the dustup:

“We are saddened to learn that the National Federation of the Blind plans to protest the film BLINDNESS. Miramax Films and filmmaker Fernando Meirelles have worked diligently to preserve the intent and resonance of the acclaimed book by Nobel prize winning author, Jose Saramago, that is a courageous parable about the triumph of the human spirit when civilization breaks down.”

I haven’t seen the film yet, but it’s discouraging to see so many special interest groups rally their energies toward events like this. Should Hollywood start treating the blind as the go-to villain, or release several films which disparage the blind community, then such a response might be justified.

But why bother protesting a film few will ever see? Ironically, the protest will only increase its visibility.