Mail from our readers
Bravo! The cover of Michael Jackson (#159, Feb. 26) totally captured his eccentricity. It’s one of the best covers to date!
There’s probably not a copy editor in the country who doesn’t wish that she or he had written ”Can You Believe This Guy?” for your Michael Jackson cover.
Assistant News Editor
Is he a virgin or not? Who cares? At what point did virginity, or the lack thereof, become a measure of talent? It’s time for the American people to start considering Jackson’s crowning achievements rather than his ”mounting” achievements.
Jen D. Huff
Owen Gleiberman’s review of Falling Down clearly demonstrates he has no concept of urban reality. From the Korean man robbed in his store to the rich white man dying on a golf course, all of the movie’s victims are, contrary to his opinion, ”trapped in the same crumbling, oppressive society.” While Falling Down is a tragedy of almost Shakespearean breadth and depth, it is Mr. Gleiberman’s blind-sighted review of this epic film that is truly tragic.
This country is filled with ticking time bombs waiting to go off. Let us hope that Michael Douglas’ unnecessary film Falling Down does not ignite the fuse for many of those who are ”mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.”
Jan Richard Gorlin
hail to ‘queen’
Jim Mullen’s Hot Sheet lamented if only Alex Haley’s Queen ”had had a happier beginning. And middle. And end.” Well, Jim, I’m sorry you were disappointed, but the history of African-Americans does not have a happy beginning (kidnapping). Or middle (rape and lynching). Or end (increased hate crimes and rampant bigotry). Queen was not meant to ”entertain” us during Black History Month, but to teach valuable lessons that are omitted from our children’s history books. Hopefully a lot of adults watched and learned as well.
Allison R. Baker
DOWN ON ‘DATELINE’
In the News & Notes article ”Dateline Disaster,” the revelation that Dateline NBC rigged a test can only add to the public’s increasingly cynical attitude toward the neutrality of the press. Any creditable journalist should have refused to have such a segment in his or her report, and an informed anchor would have refused to introduce it. Arthur Kent has been vindicated for defending the integrity of his reports from NBC’s sensationalism.
Renee A. Fought
Corrections: We mistakenly identified the man with Brooke Shields in a 1981 photo as David Geffen. Also, a Flashes item about k.d. lang in the News & Notes section was miscredited. The story was written by Joe Clark.