DEMOGRAPHY IN AMERICA
Christine Peliseks mini-exposé Im Your Biggest-Paid Fan [November 30December 6], on deceit inside Hollywoods hype machine, shouldnt come as a surprise to observers of the changes in the corporate entertainment business over the last decade. Its all entertainment, a justification for grotesque falsification of anything and everything. How is it that the audiences for MTV and other awards shows are stocked, especially up front near the stage, with attractive young people who seem to be as (mindlessly) enthusiastic about creative icons like Eric Clapton and Sting as they are about walking synthetic Coca-Cola commercials like Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys? Or that regardless of genre from hip-hop, to mindless pop pap, to metal, to classic rock theyre all jumping around wildly as though their actual favorite group of all time had just come onstage? Give em Celine Dion or Eminem or Limp Bizkit, and its all equally fabulous.
Next Pelisek should shock us by telling us how few major singers have their microphones turned on when they do their live shows (not to mention TV shows). Its all (corporate) show biz and pretty soon people wont care if the show goes on or not. Unless someone is paying them to cheer.
Roland Charest Los Angeles
Thanks so much for Christine Peliseks article. It was sad and yet enlightening. I used to be a fan of the alternative-rock group Creed until I received an e-mail from their fan club (of which I was a member) saying I could have a free ticket to see them in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 2, as long as I was under 30 years old and did not look any older than 25. Being both older than 30 and looking over 25 I guess that means I am no longer welcome as a fan.
Inge Webb (39, and proud of it) Phoenix, Arizona
LAS VEGAS AND OTHER MIRAGES
Re: Marc Coopers Fifth Lady Down [November 30December 6]. Great story, well-written and -researched. Interesting and sad as well. Loved it!
Jay Homel Simi Valley
I read with interest Marc Coopers Fifth Lady Down, the story of the Desert Inn and of the Strip. The guy is a great writer, but he made a glaring factual error. The Dunes was not imploded to make way for the Mirage. It was the Castaways that stood where the Mirage is today. The Dunes made way for the Bellagio.
Jerry Fink Las Vegas, Nevada
If Marc Cooper had visited Las Vegas recently, he would know the Desert Inn was not imploded. One tower has been demolished, and the balance of the structure more than 75 percent of the original will be incorporated into Steve Wynns newest hotel, expected to outdo anything else on the Strip.
Dick Doye Las Vegas, Nevada
HOW MUCH IS THAT A SLICE?
Erin Aubry Kaplans Cakewalk column is the first thing I turn to. Her recent column on the African-American view of our war over the recent terrorist attacks [Peace of Me, November 915] was timely, insightful and extremely relevant to the current debate. I laughed out loud while reading this weeks musings on feminism [The Feminine Mistake, December 713] in response to the Weeklys recent cover story Girls Gone Wild [November 915]. I hope youre paying her more than the 70 cents on the dollar that most businesses pay women versus men in comparable positions. Shes worth it, and then some.
Diane Bliss Los Angeles
Re: John Powers Desert Foxes [On, November 30December 6]. On September 11, I watched television all day (as did most Americans). Whenever Ashleigh Banfield appeared on MSNBC, she was reporting from ground zero, not performing.
Carol Anne Sundahl Seattle
Powers is off his rocker if he believes really believes that Cokie Roberts is an example of femme news brainpower. The woman has said nothing fresh, perceptive or original in 10 years.
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Re: Manohla Dargis notes in her review of Behind Enemy Lines [See Owen Run, November 30December 6] on Hollywood and Washingtons agreement to promote the armed forces. As we speak, the Hollywood war effort has moved forward with the six primary networks committed to producing and airing their own public-service announcements featuring a parade of stars rallying behind U.S. troops. This is the first step by a 40-plus-member committee that has been formed under MPAA tyrant Jack Valenti in the aftermath of a meeting between Hollywood bosses and top White House adviser Karl Rove. Thanks, Manohla, for not rolling over.
Matt Hader Los Angeles