Here's one for the stranger-than-fiction files: Blind activist groups are planning to protest the release of Miramax Films' Blindness at 75 theaters in 21 states across the U.S. this Friday.
Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, told the Associated Press that "the movie portrays blind people as monsters, and I believe it to be a lie. Blindness doesn't turn decent people into monsters."
The movie is based on Jose Saramago's 1995 novel about an epidemic that renders the inhabitants of a modern-day city blind, wreaking havoc on their social order. I haven't seen the film yet, because the press screening was held in Broward County on a morning I was facing deadline.
But I think the book is something close to genius and so clearly and obviously uses blindness as a metaphor that I can't understand what, exactly, the protesters are complaining about.