Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't on Julia Roberts, Madonna, and condom ads.

Mail from our readers

Roberts Redux
My thanks go to Entertainment Weekly, Cable Neuhaus, and Julia Roberts for a refreshingly straightforward interview, ”The Price of Fame” (93, Nov. 22) After reading her side of the story, I found Roberts to be an honest, likable, normal person who, because of a few popular movies she’s made, has been consistently harassed by the public and the press. When are people going to get it through their thick heads that actors are just people who deserve the same privacy and respect as anybody else? I don’t care how famous a person is, nobody deserves the kind of torment this woman has had to endure.
Leslie A. Holmes
Lacey, Wash.

I had never written to a magazine before until I read your interview with Julia Roberts. I really enjoyed it. As for Julia’s personal life, this is exactly what it should be: her personal life.
Stephany Gray
East Point, Ga.

I’m still not overly impressed with Julia Roberts the actress, but thanks to ”The Price of Fame” I am impressed with Julia Roberts the person.
Elvis Orten
Dawson Springs, Ky.

Thank you for that much-needed interview with Julia Roberts. It was done in excellent taste and most definitely put a lot of gossips in their place. The article gave Americans a chance to see her in a new light.
Carmella Maffeo
Milton, Mass.

Julia Roberts can be free from the ”imprisonment” she speaks of any time she wishes and here is how: Give up acting. Move to the small town of her choice. Get an ordinary 8-to-5 job as a bookkeeper, secretary, hair-stylist, electrician, or salesperson. Then she will be able to enjoy the life of a middle-class working woman that she seems to want so desperately. How ironic that the movie star wants to be a middle-class working woman and most of us in the working middle class would love to be movie stars with all the fame and fortune that go with it.
Walter Carl Case
Orlando, Fla.

Thanks to EW and Julia Roberts for an insightful interview. She is one of the most sensitive and talented performers in film today.
Barbra Contil

Julia Roberts is wonderful, charming, and funny. I’ve stayed with her since her first movie and will continue to follow her career. Thanks for giving her the chance to express her honest feelings as well as the truth.
Dawn Viccaro

AIDS Commercials
It was nice to read an unbiased article on condom ads (”TV’s Last Taboo”). As a high school senior, I praise Fox; they’ve got our attention. We’re going to have sex — even if we’re told not to. Why not do it in a safer manner than totally exposing ourselves to such things as AIDS? Anyway, who ever said teens were the only ones at risk? Or the only ones having sex? We aren’t the only ones watching commercials, either.
Shauna Cantrell
Broken Arrow, Okla.

Reading ”TV’s Last Taboo” compelled me to write this message to the Big Three TV networks: The time has come to put medical fact above religious and moral beliefs. AIDS is real and killing people, yet you behave as though it will go away if you close your eyes and Ignore it. If you run the ads, what would happen? Would everyone stop watching TV? Would every sponsor pull its ads? I doubt it. I say follow Fox’s lead.
Kellie Schirmer
Bowling Green, Ohio

Guiding Light
Even though I’m only 16 I enjoy your Parents’ Guide to movies. It lets you know everything you want about a movie. That way you can avoid the movies you usually come out of saying, ”Man, I just blew six bucks.”
Paul Winchell
Concord, Calif.

I wholeheartedly oppose your statements about Madonna. According to the writers of your Parents’ Guide, ”Young girls love Madonna; they all seem to want to be her.” By assigning only adult male writers to write an article concerning young children, you stereotype us. Most of my female friends and I feel Madonna’s videos are indecent. They are a bad influence on young girls and not well suited for young boys. Yet she has made your cover three times. More than 50 of your staffers are women; surely they can find a more dignified female to promote.
Emily Merkle
Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

Sibling Rivalry
In a review of the TV program Walter and Emily you gave the wrong name of the young actor portraying Zack. His name is Matthew Lawrence, not Joey Lawrence. Joey is another talented actor who is on NBC’s Blossom. I wonder if they’re related?
Eugene Bricker

Editor’s note: Matthew Lawrence, 11, is the younger brother of Joey, 15.

Holiday Affair
Regarding my ”Gift-Wrapped JFK” piece (90, Nov. 1), Warner Bros. publicity president Robert G. Friedman penned an irate letter (93, Nov. 22) disputing several facts. He insisted that Memoirs of an Invisible Man was ”never” a holiday movie, much less pushed aside to make way for JFK‘s wide Christmas release, and that The Last Boy Scout is not ”somewhat lackluster” but destined for cinematic greatness. However, Variety (Nov. 11) confirmed that Warner “already has bumped the Chevy Chase vehicle Memoirs of an Invisible Man to make room” for JFK. Reportedly Warner is planning to open Bruce Willis’ The Last Boy Scout without any critics’ screenings, a policy not usually associated with ”excellent” movies. Friedman’s memory has suffered a selective failure if he does not recall my questions concerning these other two Warner releases.
Stephen Schaefer
New York City

Editor’s Note: There were two writers named Anthony Bruno, and we ran a picture of the wrong one in our ”AIDS 1991” article. The Anthony Bruno whose photo appeared in the original piece is very much alive and well and an author of mystery novels (Bad Guys, Bad Blood).

The photo accompanying Nicholas Dante’s bio mistakenly pictured the late James Kirkwood, who coauthored A Chorus Line with Dante.