Mail from our readers
OFF THE MARK
If all it takes to appear on the cover of your magazine (#153, Jan. 15) is a set of well-defined pecs, a rippled stomach, and an average all-American face, then where is my cover story?
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Thank you for letting your readers get to know Marky — rap’s incredible white-boy transplant. He makes me yearn for the street lingo of Vanilla Ice. Marky Mark is so full of crap he’ll need extra Calvins to cover his mouth.
If you are going to nonchalantly print nude pictures of women (#143, 153, 154), then it only seems fair that you should oblige your female readers with some nude males. In fact, you should have started with Marky Mark.
Fort Ord, Calif.
Marky Mark on the cover? Well, okay. I guess we see those pecs in any publication we read nowadays. However, I think that a more appropriate write-up on this particular beefcake would have been ”Marky Mark: Duuhh.”
El Sobrante, Calif.
Your article on the MPAA’s hypocrisy involving the NC-17 rating raised some interesting problems for readers of your magazine. In #141, the F-word was used on page 20, yet later in the very same issue the word was censored. Similar words were edited in articles involving Tom Cruise, Kurt Cobain, and Jon Bon Jovi, among others, in no less than six different issues. Female breasts and male and female buttocks have appeared in several issues, including the last one, yet a recent photo of an all-nude Madonna was blacked out. It seems as if EW’s policies involving sex and language are as loose and undefined as the MPAA’s. Let’s face it: No matter how you cut it, censorship is nothing but a load of bulls–t (sic).
THE NAME GAME
I enjoyed Dave DiMartino’s article on recycled rock band names. However, Toad the Wet Sprocket isn’t an original name either. There was a British metal group that recorded in the late ’70s under the same name (taken from a Monty Python sketch). It really is tough to come up with an original name these days.
Contrary to what appeared in your article entitled ”The Heat Is On” (#152, Jan. 8), no portion of the Patriot Games budget was caused by ”poor prepping.” We had adequate preproduction time, the picture was meticulously prepped, and we had allowed for an accelerated postproduction schedule when budgeting the film. The film came in on budget. Considering the cooperation we gave you in covering the production of Patriot Games, I’m astounded by this kind of totally unfounded reporting.
Editor’s Note: Neufeld produced Patriot Games. We regret the error.