Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and some from those who didn't

By EW Staff
October 30, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Mail from our readers

”Inappropriate,” ”pornographic,” and ”sleazy” are just a few of the words readers used to describe our cover photo of Jennifer Lopez (#453, Oct. 9). ”How are young people supposed to develop a sense of decency?” asks Betsy Jenson of Provo, Utah, while Anne Neault of Naples, Maine, urges us to show a ”little decorum and good taste.” And naturally, there were disgruntled fans of divas who didn’t make our list, including Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, Miss Piggy, Audrey Hepburn, and, claims Michael J. Owsiany of Grosse Point, Mich., ”my sister Sheila.” Not all of you busted our chops, however. ”Great cover!” enthuses Fairfax Station, Va.’s Tom Jacobs. ”It provided a week’s entertainment — and I mean that in a good way.” We’ll take your word for it, Tom.

Rump Roast

It was a pleasure seeing Jennifer Lopez grace EW’s cover. Regardless of her problems with the media, this lovely Latina is headed straight for superstardom. Instead of digging up dirt, Degen Pener could have investigated how difficult it is for a Latin woman to become visible in an industry that elevates the likes of Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts, and Gwyneth Paltrow to superstar status within a minute.
Justin Hernandez
LatinDevil@worldnet.att.net
New York City

I don’t consider myself a prude, but I had to actually hide your latest issue from my 6- and 8-year-olds because of the soft-porn cover. EW, you’ve gone too far. Please go back to what you do best: entertainment-industry coverage.
Michelle Cuykendall
designplastics@msn.com
Snohomish, Wash.

When I received the copy of EW with a half-naked Jennifer Lopez on the cover I was appalled and disgusted! To think that EW…okay, my wife just left the room — I think that cover was the best ever! Keep up the good work!
Joe Pagliuca
BigJoe@BigJoe.com
Brighton, Mass.

Once again, EW has chosen to picture a semi-naked starlet on the cover. How about a cover that your female subscribers can gaze at? Something with George Clooney or David Duchovny in nothing but boxers is way past due. Come on, EW! You owe the ”divas” who subscribe to your magazine a little payback!
Mary Dillon
maryd1@home.com
Omaha

As a Chicana/Latina, I was disappointed to see the cover and accompanying photos of your article on Lopez. I find it embarrassing to see one of the few Hispanic movie ”divas” in such a demeaning pose (and lack of clothes)!
Lorena Sanchez
Tracy, Calif.

‘Animal’ Attraction

Thanks for the look back at National Lampoon’s Animal House. It’s the granddaddy of all the ’80s party films I grew up with. Thanks also to the cast and crew for the thousands of hours of enjoyment I’ve gotten watching it over and over and over…
Lee A. Marohn
Cleaner11@aol.com
Oshkosh, Wis.

Just For Kicks

Imports like Arnold and Jean-Claude have only reinforced the American notion that beauty kicks ass. Now there is a new kid on the block challenging the institution of beauty, and the self-esteem of every potbellied, chicken-legged, imperfect individual in this country is that much better for it. Sammo Hung truly breaks the mold…and deservedly so.
Rob Sitter
psitter@mail.millikin.edu
Springfield, Ill.

Globe Trotter

Thank you for the great review of Sheryl Crow’s best album yet, The Globe Sessions. All the reviews I had previously read didn’t seem to understand the meaning of the album. EW didn’t let me down. I read your review and totally agreed with everything Ken Tucker had to say. Sheryl is one of today’s best singer-songwriters and The Globe Sessions proves it.
Chris Falman
ketchup15x@aol.com
Norwich, Conn.

CORRECTIONS: Sammo Hung is 46 years old. He and Margaret Cho are not the only Asian actors to have played prime-time lead roles; others include Pat Morita, Khigh Dhiegh, and Gedde Watanabe (”Chop Shtick”). High Crimes and Misdemeanors, by Ann Coulter, is published by Regnery Publishing (Books). If James Cameron releases a director’s cut of Titanic, he may reinstate footage depicting events aboard the nearby ship the Californian (Biz).

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