POP CULTURE CLUB
Your Great American Pop Culture Quiz reaffirmed why I am a subscriber. As I am an 18-year-old college freshman, the ’90s are all I remember of the last century, so being able to answer questions about my faves — Ninja Turtles, grunge rock, Austin Powers, Showgirls, Saved by the Bell, Hootie, even the Spice Girls — was a hoot. Thanks for the nostalgia trip! COREY FAUL email@example.com Lafayette, La.
Your ’90s Pop Culture Quiz was brutal! And I’ve been writing trivia questions for game shows for the last seven years! Keep up the good work! RYAN HOPAK Ryan@RyanHopak.com North Hollywood
You put six of the hottest and finest African-American actors almost smack-dab in the middle of your magazine and write an article about how hard it is for them to get a break in Hollywood, and you can’t even put them on the cover? I love The Simpsons, but maybe those actors would get a little more recognition if they were on the cover. How many times will we see the Pop Culture Quiz in EW? You should have saved it for another issue and done those ”brothers” justice. MEKA MONEY firstname.lastname@example.org Grand Prairie, Tex.
Congratulations to Neil Drumming on a truthful and insightful article, ”Brothers in Arms.” It should be required reading for studio execs running the film business. The race issue has been the elephant in the room for years. To be black and seen in film today you have to be either unthreatening (Will Smith and Queen Latifah) or beautiful/popular (Halle Berry and Denzel Washington). All of these actors I mentioned are insanely talented. They are also bringing millions to the white men who pay to get their movies made. It’s a lot easier to use ”popular” black actors than give an opportunity to an unknown. Hollywood does see color — green. AMANDA PALUCH Spicy025@aol.com Detroit
After reading ”Brothers in Arms,” I have to wonder (being of Asian descent) how you can pick a handful of black actors and have them complain about the lack of decent acting opportunities, and completely overlook the plight of the Asian actor in Hollywood. These black actors are still getting roles and find it easy to turn down roles not on their career track. You also mentioned more rappers accepting stereotypical roles (which don’t seem hard to find). When has EW documented the lack of non-stereotypical Asian roles? Are Asians not funny? Dramatic? Or is it only when one of them sings ”She Bangs” that they receive national attention as entertainers? LEE STEHT email@example.com Orlando
WEE THE PEOPLE
When the latest charges against Paul Reubens were announced, I thought, ”Great, another kiddie host-turned-pervert.” But your interview with him completely changed my mind (”I Know You Are but What Am I?”). If Reubens was hoping to change just one person’s view about him, he succeeded. I apologize for doing what so many did — judge him based only on what was on TV. KIMBERLY SIECKMAN firstname.lastname@example.org Cincinnati