Mail from our readers
I thought your special report on the death of Brandon Lee (The Brief Life and Unnecessary Death of Brandon Lee) was excellent. I will never be able to sit through another action movie with the same spirited fervor. It is pathetically ironic that moviemakers will go to the razor’s edge of danger struggling to make films seems as realistic as possible, not recognizing that most people go to the movies trying to escape from reality.
The cover of Entertainment Weekly was splattered with red ink, presumably the blood of the actor Brandon Lee. To make sure we didn’t miss the point, the word blood was emblazoned in capital letters above a photo of the star. In exploiting this sad killing, you crossed the fine line between cinematic fantasy and real-life tragedy. Given the circumstances of Bruce Lee’s death, the temptation must have been overwhelming. I expected more than tabloid journalism and Hollywood typecasting from a publication that would have us believe it covers the entertainment industry with a degree of sophistication.
It’s a shame it takes a tragedy like this to show the entertainment industry the importance of safety on the set.
Out of Tune
Commenting on Howard Stern’s radio show, interim FCC chairman James Quello was quoted in News & Notes as saying, ”I’ve listened to the show, and I don’t like it.” You also stated that Quello prefers standard talk radio. I hope he takes into account that his job extends beyond his personal likes and dislikes. The only advice I can offer to Quello, the FCC, and others who may be offended easily is: Change the station, don’t buy this record, don’t see the movie, don’t read the book. You have a choice, so use it — but don’t take away other people’s choices.
Artie’s Off Notes
Having read Artie Shaw’s review of the video Glenn Miller: America’s Musical Hero, all I can say is, Poor Mr. Shaw. He sounds like a sour old guy who is jealous and bitter because others won acclaim. Doesn’t he realize that we, growing up at that time, loved his music too?
Year of the Woman?
Look, I really, really enjoy EW but need to point out there’s no such thing as postfeminism. You used the term a couple of times in issue 166. Feminists are alive and well and will be here until every year is the Year of the Woman for real.
Rarely has anything made me as angry as the producers of Benny & Joon‘s feeling the need to edit the word schizophrenia from their film. It is no wonder that this disease is so feared and misunderstood. Too bad we can’t ”edit” this word from our lives.