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Readers respond to ”A League of Their Own,” Spike Lee, and Ice-T

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Tater Talk

I’m aware, after some time with Jay Leno and Dennis Miller, that the younger crowd mixes political views and humor with little regard for those who may not share such opinions. That’s the main reason I no longer watch them. I appreciate some political spice here and there. What I find offensive is only using spices from the left-hand side of the political cabinet. That’s not spice, that’s bias.
Peter Carter
San Diego

All-Star Fan Club

I was extremely confused by Owen Gleiberman’s review of A League of Their Own. Did we see different movies or what? What I saw was an uplifting and touching picture carried by a terrific cast, especially Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell. How can he call it ”all flash, all surface” with ”one-note characters”? This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in years, and I hope others don’t miss out because of Mr. Gleiberman’s bad review.
Paul Valentino
Bayonne, N.J.

A League of Their Own was a great movie, and I thought Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, and even Madonna all did a wonderful job. But in all the publications I’ve read, they just show pictures of Tom, Geena, and Madonna. What about Lori?
Brenda Boyte

Sparring With Spike

Let me congratulate Spike Lee. His knack for stimulating controversy by race-baiting is definitely going to do the right thing for ticket sales for Malcolm X. Mo’ Better Bucks, eh, Mr. Lee? Please stop the hate and start the healing!
Robert McAleese
Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Spike Lee, in his review of the videotape The ”Rodney King” Case: What the Jury Saw in California v. Powell, claims to be irked by the filmmakers’ objectivity, by their refusal to take a stand on whether or not the verdict was correct. But what else should a documentary-style video be? An in-your- face piece of fiction, like Lee’s overly preachy yet unusually well-crafted and thought-provoking films? With ever-worsening relations between the races in this nation, with all the finger pointing, accusations, and blame laying, a little more objectivity and a little less emotion are exactly what we all need. Lee is just as guilty of making up his mind in advance about the Rodney King verdict as he accuses the trial’s jury of being. His own prejudice colors his vision.
Bill Studenc
Waynesville, N.C.

Copping Attitude

Regarding ”Taking a Bum Rap,” it seems as if people want to make the beloved police a sacred entity. I find it hypocritical of the Establishment to make such a fuss over the Ice-T heavy-metal song ”Cop Killer.” You see little fuss over the bands Morbid Angel or Deicide singing of the ”young virgin blood” being spilled on the altar of Satan and the flesh being consumed for power, or the severing of young children’s heads by a knife-wielding hand. If the Establishment feared the lyrics of the songs seriously, it would find these types of suggestions far more dangerous.
Evan C. Tillotson
Escondido, Calif.