HOLLYWOOD, May 16, 2006 ( – “Da Vinci Code” director Ron Howard has been quoted as saying there will be no disclaimer in the film. Catholic League President Bill Donohue notes that the refusal is disingenuous given the fact that many other controversial films touching religious or cultural groups had disclaimers.

“The book which the film (Da Vinci Code) is based on begins with three ‘facts,’ all of which are malicious lies, yet Ron Howard says no disclaimer is needed because ‘this is a work of fiction.’”

The following got a disclaimer about a fictionalized TV show or film:
· Asians: “Year of the Dragon”
· Blacks: “Birth of the Nation”
· Gays: “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”
· Jews: “Merchant of Venice”
· Mormons: “Big Love”
· Muslims: “True Lies”
· Native Americans: “Pocahontas II”
· Nearsighted: “Mr. Magoo”
· Wolves: “White Fang”

“That’s right-even wolves merited a disclaimer,” said Donohue incredulously, “Disney put a disclaimer in ‘White Fang’ saying there is no evidence of a healthy pack of wolves attacking a human in North America.” Donohue continued, “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.’”


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