I've opened up some discussion on StrangeCulture the past couple months about whether or not it is appropriate, effective, or rational to vocally protest film messages. Recent protest have occurred over the use of the word "retard" in the R-rated comedy Tropic Thunder, or the decision to use the title Towelhead for Alan Ball's dark comedy instead of a previous title, Nothing is Private.
Well I don't know why it surprised me, but tonight I heard about the National Federation for the Blind protesting the film Blindness. The Denver NFB protesters above think people should boycott Miramax's film because of the messages about Blindness in the film.
Respond to this from the story on KUSA (NBC Denver):
Opponents of the movie say this just reinforces inaccurate stereotypes and misconceptions about blindness. They say the movie sends a message that blindness is a tragedy and that blind people need others to take care of them.
Scott LaBarre, president for the NFB, said, “We’re here to tell the public that this is not the proper message about blindness. There’s a much more positive message. The message of the NFB in that, once you have an opportunity, once you have good training, skills and a positive attitude, you can do whatever you want to do.”