Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't on Michael Jackson, AIDS, and ''Fantasia''

Mail from our readers

  • Jackson Jury
  • Give Michael Jackson a break (94, Nov. 29). He is the most talented man in the music business, and yes, he is the ”King of Pop.” And as for ”Black or White,” I think it’s his best yet. Michael will never be washed up. I’d rather listen to him than some incoherent rap song. Let’s just relax and enjoy him and quit the analyzing.
  • Katie Jimmerson
  • Canton, Mich.

Okay, so maybe Michael Jackson did rub his crotch in front of millions of people. Perhaps he used a little bad judgment in his video. But it’s sad to think we’re so obsessed with scandal that we aren’t looking at his real message. It’s time to sift through the layers of controversy and focus on the meaning of ”Black or White” — racial equality. If it offends you, turn off the ”dirty” video, but at least try to listen to the words — they’re what’s important.
Ali Grossman
Cherry Hill, N.J.

I’ve just finished reading your issue, and I’m convinced that Michael Jackson is one step away from insanity. Instead of crying about being lonely and misunderstood, Jackson should be thankful he doesn’t have to worry about being laid off, homeless, or incurably ill.
Francesca W. Taylor
Fort Worth

AIDS Memorial
As I stare at photographs of healthy, talented individuals who have since died of AIDS, the lump in my throat is not only for those whose work we have been lucky enough to enjoy. AIDS has robbed us all of songs that will never be sung, plays that will never be written, and performances that we will never be privileged to see.
Kathy Hardis Fraeman
Olney, Md.

When I turned to ”AIDS 1991,” I was shocked, frustrated, numb, and confused at this toll on the human life. I wish to thank all involved in the article and applaud the courage and spirit of all persons afflicted with AIDS. I know why Entertainment Weekly deserves my attention more than any other magazine in circulation.
Jeffrey F. Leypoldt

Remaking History
Now that Disney has destroyed several scenes from Fantasia that were declared racially disturbing, it had better get to work fixing the rest of its offensive movies. I hope it’s thorough — don’t forget to get rid of Bambi’s sexist father and ”Song of the South.” Maybe something can finally be done about that old piece of trash Huckleberry Finn. I don’t care that all of these things, however offensive, are statements of the time in which they were created. Even if these people were only behaving according to their time and circumstances, they should have known better.
Matthew Taylor
Tracy, Calif.

I’m appalled by Disney’s censorship of Fantasia. Are they so afraid of the reaction of minority and ethnic groups that they butchered the original version? Like it or not, certain scenes show things as they were 50 years ago; it is part of the country’s history. I, for one, will not pay out good money to view a censored version of Fantasia.
Frank C. Buzzell
Spring Lake, Mich.