Memo from our young readers: Contrary to our cover story (#599, June 8), the teen boom ain’t going ”Bye Bye Bye” anytime soon. ”Are you people nuts? Teen culture is a staple of American culture,” wrote Jennifer Godwin of Mountain View, Calif. Said Colleen Lynch of Logan, Utah, ”Frankly, us pop-music fans are tired of you journalists shaking your Magic 8 Ball until it tells you what you want.” Radiohead fans expressed the same sentiment by vehemently disagreeing with David Browne’s take on the group’s latest musical adventure. Chris Knowles of Morristown, N.J., summed up the majority opinion: ”Browne’s review proves that he, like all too many of his rock critic brethren, hasn’t a clue what Radiohead is all about.”
Youth Gets the Boot
I want to fall down on my knees and thank you for your cover story on the end of teen pop. I’m not a total traitor to my generation — I enjoy my Britney and Backstreet Boys. I wouldn’t have a problem with teen pop if it weren’t everywhere you look. I’m sick of being treated like a dumb teenager who follows every trend. I don’t go see teen movies, I don’t buy CDs because they’re popular, and I don’t enjoy being in the same category with other teen lemmings who honestly care about Justin’s new hairstyle. Sure, their music is fun. But if we keep letting them have our magazine covers, our french fries, our freedom of choice, pretty soon they’re going to take over the world. MARY ANNE MCDOUGALL Lafayette, La.
Shame on you, EW, for inconsistency! One week your cover proclaims, ”’N Sync Resurfaces Bigger Than Ever.” Now you’re questioning the endurance of the group. No, no, no! Simply put, we teens like what we like. If new gross-out comedies or pubescent artists aren’t faring well, it is simply because they lack the intelligence, appeal, and creativity to win an audience. Teenagers see through the smoke and mirrors of an industry pulling at their purse strings, and we also recognize true talent. Teens are eager to see artists experiment, transform, and grow into adults, because that is exactly what we are doing. Come on, give us a little credit! NATALIE PLUMMER Savannah
Did I miss something? The real teen movement in music started with Jodeci, TLC, Aaliyah, and Monica. The reluctance to acknowledge African-American performers continues to be a source of astonishment to me. Britney Spears has always ripped off moves that Janet Jackson, not Madonna, perfected years ago. ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys have crafted a style that goes back to New Edition. And Destiny’s Child, the hottest teen female group, are virtually ignored in your article. African-American entertainers finally need to be acknowledged, and not ignored, for the trends they set in American culture. CATHY TUNSTALL firstname.lastname@example.org Washington, D.C.
As a woman over 30, I am waiting for the teen-pop boy-band phase to come to a demise. It’s nice to read that the end is, hopefully, near, but to include Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync is an insult! The show is not a fad, it’s a highly evolving mosaic of well-developed characters and amazing story lines. I’m pretty sure that Sarah Michelle Gellar has a career even after Buffy’s run. So, begone all the Britneys and Christinas and AJ’s and JC’s, but ratings, shmatings, Buffy is here to stay. DIANE BLUMENTHAL Montgomery Village, Md.