EW Staff
January 17, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Cover Up!
I’m far from being a prude and don’t believe in censorship, but everyone associated with the cover picture of Lindsay Lohan should be ashamed of themselves. What interest does it serve other than prurience to have an 18-year-old woman naked on the cover of your magazine? Isn’t it a sign of desperation to do something like this at such a young age? Whatever happened to class and sophistication?
Roger W. Peck
Long Grove, Ill.

is your latest cover the subtle insinuation that Lindsay Lohan is the new Brigitte Bardot? I hate to break it to you, but she’s not even close! There was no point in duplicating the famous picture of Brigitte — come up with something original. We all know you are capable of that.
Igor Vander
New York City

I barely survived a heart attack after opening my mailbox to reveal your Lindsay Lohan cover! As a big fan of Lohan, I’ve got three words for you guys: best cover ever.
Johs Taylor
Syracuse, N.Y.

Gimme a Breakout
I really enjoyed the inappropriately titled Breakout Stars of 2004 feature. With such an array of youngsters, the EW cover should have read, Acne Breakout Stars of 2004. As I leafed through pages about these kids blessed with little or no talent (save for Lost‘s Evangeline Lilly and Maria Full of Grace‘s Catalina Sandino Moreno), I realized that the entertainment industry is in dire straits, asking the public to spend top dollar for bottom-dollar ”talent,” and EW is part of the problem, supporting these no-talents.
Herb Stark
Massapequa, N.Y.

King and Aye
I have never, to my knowledge, read a Stephen King novel (and am embarrassed to admit it!). But each week I anxiously wait to see if the back page of your magazine is filled with his wonderful wit and humor, and then devour it! I will read and listen to every one of his 2004 picks (#797) and wait impatiently for his next pearl of wisdom. Maybe in between I should pick up one of his books!
Pamela Boldway
Fayetteville, Ark.

Into the ‘Woodsman’
I have been a subscriber to ew since its inception but was finally moved to comment after reading the article on Kevin Bacon (”Zero Degrees,” #798). Thank you for spotlighting a truly great actor who has been criminally overlooked at Oscar time. I agree with Mr. Bacon that he was ”screwed” on Murder in the First. How the Academy could have overlooked his performance remains beyond me to this day. It was a brave, heart-wrenching turn that deserved recognition. Here’s to the continuation of a prolific career for an actor who is nothing less than perfect, even if the movie isn’t.
Sharon Bataran
Northville, Mich.

Unfinished Business
Mark Harris’ bitter criticism of the second series of The Apprentice amused me to no end (”You’re Tired,” News & Notes, #798). As a Brit, I agree that Americans are too preoccupied with race, and articles such as his reinforce my view. However, Mr. Harris appears to have created his own red herring and missed the real reason for African-American candidate Kevin Allen’s dismissal in the process. Kevin was not a victim of racism, but of sexism! Clearly, Kevin was more qualified, both academically and personally, than either of the ladies who made it to the semifinals with him. Unfortunately, the producer and Mr. Trump would not have been able to sell back-to-back male-dominated finals to the audience, so poor Kevin got the chop. Mr. Harris needs to loosen up and accept reality shows for what they are: relatively cheap entertainment — not some evil black- versus-white conspiracy theory. This is such a tired old cliché, and as my American friends would say: Enough already!
N. O.
Glendale, Calif.

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