Out and Proud
”As a gay man,” I can say, EW, thank you! ”The New Art of Coming Out” validates why I have been a subscriber since issue No. 1. And thank you to the stars showing everyone, especially the youth of America, that being gay is just a small part of who you are. Here’s to a future of being out, rather than having to come out.
Maybe I’m ahead of the times, but as far as who’s gay, who might be, and who’s not: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. And until others stop giving a damn about people’s private inclinations, it’s going to remain the Big Deal that it isn’t.
Please Drink Responsibly
Your PSA on dehydration (News and Notes) made my day! I can only imagine how hard it must be for a celebrity to lug around a refillable container for water, let alone a bottled water. We plebeians of the world are accustomed to public water fountains, tap water, and even reused containers of bottled water to help us stave off dehydration. Let’s all pray this celebrity trauma is not contagious.
The Toast of Television
I agree with many of Ken Tucker’s Emmy choices, like Bryan Cranston and Timothy Olyphant (”Our Dream Emmy Nominees”), but what about the wonderful Alan Rickman for PBS’ The Song of Lunch?
Don’t forget about Southland, the best-written and -acted police drama since Homicide: Life on the Street. Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, and Regina King deserve nods too.
Ever since Easy A, I’ve secretly wanted to be Emma Stone. Thanks to ”The Movies of My Life,” I can get one step closer! Seriously, though, I am in love with this new feature and can’t wait to see what other actors’ picks you have in store.
Kyle Lauren Webb
After reading this, I was truly impressed with how in touch Emma Stone is with her craft as well as human nature in general. And she is only 23. Amazing.
Playa Del Rey, Calif.
What perfect timing for your chronicle of Carly Rae Jepsen’s ”Call Me Maybe” (Music)! I used my EW iPad app to show my husband the video of Colin Powell ”singing” Jepsen’s song — thereby proving to him that he really was the last person on earth who had never heard it before.
New York City
This has to be Amy Poehler’s year at the Emmys. I dare anyone to watch the Parks and Recreation episode ”The Debate” and not burst into laughter.
The correct name of Hollywood Heights‘ executive producer is Jill Farren Phelps (First Look).
Yep, It’s Still News
You had a lot to say about Mark Harris’ special report ”The New Art of Coming Out.” Our editor responds.
Mark Harris’ extraordinary essay ”The New Art of Coming Out” received more emails and letters than any recent cover story. Some of you wrote in praising other gay celebrities who live openly: Alan Cumming, George Takei, Melissa Etheridge…the list goes on. And several of you told us that the sexual orientation of actors is no longer newsworthy enough to warrant an EW cover. But we believe the messages that these entertainers are sending are still powerful, controversial, and, yes, newsworthy. There may be no greater argument for marriage equality, for example, than Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, David Burtka, shown on the cover of Out earlier this year. Most of you applauded EW’s story and the stars we mentioned, but 64-year-old Paul Rose also pointed out, ”Let’s not overlook those of us who have never been in the closet. I have always been out, even as a young elementary-school teacher in the early ’70s. And by the way, since I may never get the chance again to say it publicly, thanks to Vince, my partner of 41 years, for his support.”
—Jess Cagle, managing editor