Re: "What Makes Ben Stiller" [October 9-15]. What is wrong with that Hollywood casting agent who was quoted as saying, "Ben doesn't have matinee-idol looks, but he thinks he's sexy . . . I haven't polled a lot of women, but I think there is that appeal even though, on top of everything else, he is a neurotic Jew." It is quite unfortunate that such people are making all the casting choices in this city, choices obviously fueled by ignorance and anti-Semitism.
Manohla Dargis' no-depth interview with Ben Stiller brought to mind a central edict of show business: "There is nothing funny about nepotism." What makes Ben Stiller run? His insatiable desire for fame, money and power, that's what.
Has the L.A. Weekly abandoned all moral boundaries? The theater listings on your Web page announced the opening of fofo: EchoGreco as a production in the style of Cirque du Soleil, based on Greek mythology, "a one-ring circus with clowns, magic, dance, masks and even striptease." Misled by the mildness of this characterization, I took my mother to see a show that was, in fact, offensive and sexually explicit. Puppets with giant phalluses, a topless trapeze artist, "myths" that portray rape and bestiality - in a show that your critic called a "colorful theatrical spectacle."
I found your Web page quite by mistake, and I must congratulate you. It is so refreshing to find something that emphasizes the arts and culture instead of the usual trashing and dehumanizing of the city, with a constant emphasis on violence, corruption and negativism. Keep up the good work.