"Deaf Ears" Dept.

Continuing the never-ending reporting on cluelessness:

So folks with albinism are upset about the way albinos get a bad rap in the blockbuster Da Vinci Code -- an AP story out yesterday and a piece on our site today by Andrew Leibs.

Fair enough. But in the AP story, we have this:

McGowan [Michael McGowan, an albino who heads the National Organization for Albinism] said his group asked Imagine Entertainment not to bleach Silas's hair or make his eyes red, but "that fell on deaf ears."


So crips can say "blind leading the blind" and blind folks can say "a lame excuse" and deaf folks can say "he's a retard" and people with albinism can say their requests "fell on deaf ears."

Ok. . . .

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Comments (newest comments at bottom)

Damn -- you got to it before I did!

Posted by: Evonne on May 18, 2006 10:35 AM

It's not just annoying, it's also cliched and unimaginative language--c'mon folks, there have to be better, more original metaphors and similes to use. Maybe even some that don't rely on tired stereotypes?

Posted by: Penny on May 18, 2006 11:43 AM

Clueless leading the uninformed....

A jury-rigged excuse....

He's not someone we want to have around...

Bounced off the earplugs...

Just playin'

Posted by: Jesse the K on May 20, 2006 11:19 AM

Hi Mary,

I wrote an article for Audacity Magazine on this very topic. Maybe it might be of interest to you. Here is the link:


My article was inspired by a reading of this book, Metaphors We Live By.



Posted by: Louise on June 1, 2006 03:38 PM

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