By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
Horrid, Misguided Cartoon
The two of us are shocked, saddened and outraged as a result of the irresponsibility displayed by the L.A. Weeklyin publishing a horrid, misguided cartoon by Carol Lay in your August 29–September 4 edition, in which a Sikh American is depicted as a member of al Qaeda and/or as an associate of Osama bin Laden.
Without question, America’s entire Sikh community — including its many members who reside here in Los Angeles — has suffered immensely since 9/11/01 as a result of “mistaken identity,” which has generated hate crimes and hate language based on misinformation and wrongheaded stereotyping. This infliction of harm all around us continues day by day.
Your foolishly publishing such a misleading and inaccurate piece of trash can only add to the misconceptions and confusion, which cause such emotional and physical injury to befall the Sikh community.
Ever since 9/11/01, thousands of innocent Sikh Americans have been abused and assaulted — some among them have even been murdered — because of their religiously mandated appearance, which includes the wearing of a turban and its men displaying full beards.
The Sikh faith, which is the world’s fifth largest religion, is unique, and — although most others are unaware of the differences — it has absolutely no connection to Islam, to terrorists, etc.
We can only hope that your allowing this hideous cartoon to appear was an act of ignorance and not an intentional act of bigotry and/or hatred.
We encourage you to further educate yourselves, your staff and your readers about the world around you, and particularly about this matter, so that this mistake is never, ever repeated again.
—Rabbi Allen I. Freehling Executive Director City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission
Gloria in Excess
I just read Nikki Finke’s article concerning Gloria Allred’s call for Arnold Schwarzenegger to answer questions about his Ouiinterview [Deadline Hollywood, September 5–11]. The behavior described by Arnold made me ill. I deplore that kind of behavior, and I was outraged by Bill Clinton’s behavior. But there are few people who care about this anymore. It seems a little late to start asking men to behave in honorable ways toward women. Women have been more than willing to make a dollar off of their bodies and souls, and many have become quite famous for it. Was this lone naked woman kidnapped or was it her choice? The truth of America’s decline in regard for women and women’s regard for themselves was made so clear when Bill Clinton was given a pass on his behavior in the White House. Now they are concerned about Arnold’s past behavior? I read that some of the usual Hollywood Democrats were warning that Arnold’s past will come back to get him. I am sorry, but it is Hollywood and women themselves who have made barnyard behavior acceptable. It is very clear what is important to America, and it isn’t moral behavior. They are concerned only about economics. We get what we deserve.
Allred attacking the Terminator about sex in 1977? Ha, ha. Feminists like Gloria were telling gals in 1977 that sex was liberating, and the more guys, the freer we were. (Hmmm. Did she miss out?) Still, the real question is: Where was microphone-addicted Gloria when Clinton was screwing interns and employees? Frankly, we’re bored with her. Yawn. Her transparent politicized double standard reeks of arrogant stupidity. Yawn. We’ll take Arnold’s energy over her whining any day. Now, that’s liberating.
Nikki Finke’s column on the media and their failure to properly cover Arnold was brilliant. FYI, I wrote the Premieremagazine piece on Arnold. The Los Angeles Times called and asked if I would like to give them a few tips as to where to look in Arnold’s past. They did not want to hire me, just wanted a working journalist to give away his information and sources. I think that establishes that they are not very serious in their reporting on Arnold. Again, great work by Nikki.
—John Connolly New York City
In view of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s interview with Oui, how about a bumper sticker: “Schwarzenegger, Gangbanger for Governor.”
—Carol R. Hollas Laguna Niguel
I believe Arnold Schwarzenegger when he proclaims himself a conservative. After all, he was praised by Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich and is making the rounds of all the right-wing radio talk shows. Since as governor he would be campaigning to elect as many Republicans as possible, most of whom are anti-abortion, anti-gay and pro–National Rifle Association, the cynical ploy of his campaign team to portray him as a moderate to Democrats and independents is the height of hypocrisy. No thanks, Arnold, we’ve had enough of your True Lies.
—Marty Levine Los Angeles
Out of Right Field
I was shocked to see Howard Dean on your cover [“Out of Left Field,” August 29–September 4]. As interesting as the phenomenon of Dean’s dark-horse candidacy may be, his politics certainly run contrary to the progressive values long espoused by your paper.
Find everything you're looking for in your city
Find the best happy hour deals in your city
Get today's exclusive deals at savings of anywhere from 50-90%
Check out the hottest list of places and things to do around your city