Mail from our readers
It’s really quite humorous to me that we (as African-Americans) can’t do anything positive without causing controversy. Hats off to Spike Lee (Nov. 27, #146) for going to outside means to obtain necessary funding, and a special thank you to all of the exceptional African-Americans who had faith in Mr. Lee. This is truly an encouraging film, displaying both strength and passion; we need this on a greater scale. Only then will we be appreciated and not merely tolerated.
After reading the negative comments about your Madonna issue (Nov. 6, #143), I had to come to your rescue. Sex is selling out at a fast rate for some reason, and that’s a more realistic view of America’s feelings than a few overly sensitive letters. Madonna is the biggest icon of our times.
This is for the ”hundreds” who seemed compelled to criticize your thoughtful, open-minded Madonna cover story: Why don’t you stop worrying about how she chooses to express herself and worry about more important issues, such as AIDS and child abuse?
Entertainment Weekly is to be commended for using its pages (News & Notes, #146) to illustrate the dire fact that the artistic community is suffering heavy casualties as a result of this dread disease. I can think of nothing more emotionally visceral and heart-wrenching than this photographic collection. Thanks for your sympathetic contribution; it’s one of the most moving things I’ve seen in a periodical in years.
Barry J. Williams
These photographs moved me beyond anything I had seen. We are losing, and have already lost, a segment of our population that has many of humankind’s best qualities. It terrifies me to think of this world without them. Thank you for bringing it so close to home.
Yes, it is important to mention the individuals within the industry who have died from AIDS, but what about the women who have died? AIDS does not discriminate; neither should your magazine.
Editor’s Note: Our research indicates that Bettina Louise Chow — who was included in our photographic tribute-was the only woman in the entertainment industry to have died of AIDS this year.
Corrections: News & Notes (Nov. 20, #145) credited Twentieth Century Fox chairman Joe Roth with ”green-lighting” the studio’s Christmas release Used People. Lawrence Gordon, chairman of Largo Entertainment, authorized the movie’s production; Roth agreed to distribute it through Fox. In our Video section (Dec. 4, #147) an incorrect retail price of Lethal Weapon 3 was given. The correct price is $99.99.