Mail from our readers
I know you will receive many letters saying how bad Madonna is (May 17). But people forget how much money and time she has devoted to raising funds for AIDS research, the environment, and other projects. Hers is the kind of star quality that is not around much anymore.
I’m sick to death of Madonna. A sweet girl, a romantic at heart? Gimme a break! Madonna’s talent doesn’t reach beyond self-promotion.
I find the picture of Madonna posing ”à la Marilyn” to be in questionable taste. In my household, the entire family, including a 10-year-old, looks through the magazine. I hope that in the future you will use better judgment in your selection of material.
Mt. Washington, Ky.
The article on Madonna was objectively written, and those photographs were absolutely stunning.
The real bad news regarding the special report ”Bad News” is the bias of the author. Reporting only the negative aspects of a story is more misleading and does less service to the public than VNRs (video news releases, which promote a company or product). Radio and television audiences know the difference between a spokesperson’s information plug and a blatant, wall-rattling commercial. Judging from the hundreds of thousands of follow-up mail requests, I must be doing something the public enjoys. On my just-completed tour for Del Monte Vegetable Classics (plug), two major TV stations devoted shows to me and my subtle references to the product. There is a interest in my philosophy on microwave cooking; stations are willing to air it in exchange for a couple of sponsor plugs. Incidentally, my picture in the article was from my appearance in St. Petersburg on Murphy in the Morning; the article stated it was from A.M. Los Angeles.
Donovan Jon Fandre
Editor’s Note: Our point was that the viewer may not be able to tell the difference between a VNR and news, not commercials.
Baldwin Vs. Disney
I respect Alec Baldwin’s work. I respect his anticensorship efforts. I am, however, offended by his anti-Disney campaign. If Baldwin is so eager to forget The Marrying Man, he should channel 11 interviews’ worth of Disney bashing into a more constructive project.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
‘Switch’ at Birth?
I have, by now, read about 30 reviews of Blake Edwards’ latest misstep, Switch. Not one has mentioned the source of the whole idea: a play by George Axelrod called Goodbye Charlie. Axelrod, who has had a spotty career, ranging from the highs of The Manchurian Candidate to the lows of, well, Goodbye Charlie, is certainly a prominent enough writer to merit some mention somewhere.
N. Lauderdale, Fla.