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Mail: Backstreet Boys

Readers respond to Sandra Bullock, “Tomb Raider,” and Mariah Carey

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THE BOYS ARE ALRIGHT

Bravo, EW! Your Fall Music Preview showcasing the Backstreet Boys was terrific. I am glad to see someone upholding this music group rather than trying every way possible to put them down. There is nothing wrong with the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, etc. I for one am completely sick of hearing all the put-downs of this new area of music. There is no reason why these talented singers shouldn’t stay around.
KAI HAMILTON
Saluda, N.C.

Thank you so much for giving the Backstreet Boys another cover. Please be so kind as to print my letter immediately after one from a 12-year-old girl who thinks they are the best group on the planet, so I can offer the counterpoint that they are still just product, capitalizing on a demographic until said demographic finds them no longer appealing.
BLAKE A. SMITH
Kitchener, Ontario

Enough is enough! I’m a 25-year-old male and I love the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. Why should I feel guilty for that, having grown up on a steady diet of disco, Madonna, Michael and Janet Jackson, Prince, etc.? I like music that makes me feel good and which I can dance to, not raucous, violent rock or rap. Not only do these bands deliver vocally, but I’ve seen them perform live on TV and in person; both groups work their butts off to deliver as satisfying a presentation as any music act I’ve ever seen! So forget that ”guilty pleasure” nonsense. The only thing I’m guilty of is having fun, listening to good music.
JASON MOTES
Mobile, Ala.

BROAD CASTING

First off, I’m very happy to hear that Tomb Raider and Charlie’s Angels are finally under way (”City of Angels”). How about casting Sarah Michelle Gellar as the third angel? As for Josie and the Pussycats, may I make a casting suggestion? Britney, Christina, and Brandy. ‘Nuff said.
PHIL BIASIZZO
Needham Heights, Mass.

Sandra Bullock as Wonder Woman? Give me a break. Lynda Carter is as beautiful as ever and should reprise her role on the big screen. The only actress who could credibly play the part would be Debra Winger (Wonder Girl in the TV series) or, even better, Lucy Lawless of Xena: Warrior Princess.
MARK SEEKINS
Aliso Viejo, Calif.

CAREY NATION

I notice that EW rarely gives out F’s, but when you do you are right on. I thought I was the only person on earth who thought Mariah Carey’s ”Heartbreaker” sounded just like her ’95 song ”Fantasy” (Music). It’s sad when an artist is not only sampling other artists’ music but sampling their own sampled song! Thank you.
CHLOE EVERS
Roswell, Ga.

So you gave Mariah Carey’s new single an F, huh? I guess we should expect as much from a department that ranked Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill as one of the five worst albums of 1995 (more than 16 million copies sold) and gave Shania Twain’s The Woman in Me an F as well (11 million sold and counting). When are music critics going to realize that there is nothing wrong with an artist giving their fans something fun to listen to? Jeez, even [Britney Spears’]…Baby One More Time got a B+.
CHRIS PHILLIPS
Los Angeles