Say What? - Readers' Mail


Dear Mary Ann: Thank you for that article on Tiffani ["Tiffani-Amber Thiessen: Something Does Not Compute,"November]. You verified that she is a MarlboroLights-smoking, complete fake, wannabe, poser, overrated, Brian Austin Green-dating, asinine beast from hell! Oh yeah, and she obviously has too much air in her head for a brain! Tiffani-Amber, if you're reading this, you're a waste of landmass for a real-life '90s woman, and a disgrace to English literature lovahs such as myself. Give it up, suck!
Amy Hudson, WY

Dear Ms. Pratt: I would like to go on record, as press representative of of Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, with my outrage and disbelief in the feature on her in November. With any feature interview, talent can be subjected to a fair share of nonpositivity, but this "feature" not only crosses that line but plants a flag in the ground proudly saying "negativity." This kind of press goes far beyond the acceptable motives of keeping readers and advertisers happy; it reveals a hidden agenda of mudslinging and terrorist tactics. It's what we generally expect from tabloids, a category into which this kind of writing puts your magazine, a category we will not work with.
Sincerely, Matt Labov, Levine/Schneider Public Relations


Dear Margie: I didn't think your article was the least bit boring or not exciting ["How My Brother Came 0ut," July]. I guess I've always known that having a family member become gay can happen to anyone, but I didn't believe it. Now I see how it happens. I congratulate you and your family for being so accepting. Now it's everyone else's turn to understand how normal and dandy it is to be homosexual.
Sharon, Belmont, CA

Dear Margie: I read the article you wrote about your brother's homosexuality, and I was saddened. To make one thing clear, I do not disagree at all with your decision to love and support Andy. But I cannot believe that his choice to accept his homosexual urges and proclaim himself a gay man are at all what God wishes for your brother or anyone else. Many people believe that homosexuality is something natural that a person cannot and should not have to control. I agree that it is not something one chooses to have happen, but I believe that homosexual urges are, like any other kind of lust, initiated by the Devil. Guilt intensifies these feelings until they are transmitted into acts. Eventually, one begins to call oneself gay and pretend that what is happening is normal. What, then, is the solution? Jesus Christ is the answer to this and every other problem. "Repent, and you will be saved," disciples of Jesus have called out for 2,000 years. I believe that if any gay man or lesbian is willing to admit his or her sin and accept Jesus Christ as his or her savior, he or she can become a Christian and find the strength to practice chastity. I will admit that even many Christians are not rational in their abhorrence of homosexuality, forgetting to love the sinner but detest the sin. I hope that I do not fall into this group. Jesus died on the cross in order that we all might be freed from sin and death. I will pray for both you and your brother, and I hope you both may come to realize God's everlasting grace. 'Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7 (The Living Bible).
Amy Dooley, Irving, TX


Dear Jane: Shame on you! In your October "Diary" you had a picture of a mouse and then a picture of Janet holding a glue rat trap. The caption read "Wanted, dead or alive." Well, you obviously didn't want the mouse alive. Glue rat traps are notorious for their cruel method of killing mice. The glue either suffocates the mouse or causes it to die slowly. Sassy, be humane. There are traps that hold the mouse and enable it to live. They're available through PETA, or at your local Wal-Mart.
Sincerely, Kati, Coral Springs, FL

Dear Kati: I know. I agree. I said the same thing when I saw those traps in the office. By the way, I'm flattered you so scrutinize "Diary. " Jane

I agree too! The minute I held up that little glue mousetrap, I remembered that story I heard about the little mice chewing up their little feet to escape the little glue trap. Personally, I love little mice. I would go buy that little contraption you mentioned and set them free in my yard, if had I a yard. Janet


Dear Margie: I am Deaf and have to rely on sign language interpreters and note takers, just like the girls in your article. However, I went to a regular high school, graduated with a 3.8 GPA, and am now attending a colege with no special program for the Deaf. To say that only 2 percent of the Deaf attend college is a big understatement. While many become "food service and maintenance workers or live off welfare, an equal number go on to college and become doctors, lawyers, teachers and productive members of society. It is because of articles like this, and a few bad apples (like your subjects), that the gap between the Deaf and the hearing is so huge.
Brenda, Pocatello, ID

Brenda: Hey it's great that you did so well at a regular school. But the deaf kids I talked to made excellent points about the way a special school nurtured them both socially and academically. It's not something to be ashamed of! In fact, I think it's why they're proud of being deaf instead of, ahem, defensive, like some people. (By the way, the 2 percent figure came from the Atlantic Monthly and refers to deaf kids in the general population.) Margie


Dear Mary Ann: I found your article on Celebrity Activism" [Working Our Nerves, May] to be poorly written, and your points to be mute [sic]. Your argument, that I am a self-serving hypocrite, and in your eloquent choice of vocabulary, "a schmuck," is completely unsubstantiated. If you did any research at all, you would find that I did the Loewe campaign prior to the PETA project. After speaking with Dan Mathews, Director of International Campaigns of PETA, and becoming well-read with regard to the ethical treatment of animals, I made the decision to participate in the anti-fur campaign.
Christy Turlington, New York, NY

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