I was so excited to see Green Day on the cover of my birthday issue! I have been addicted to Green Day since American Idiot came out, and I thought nothing could beat the great photos, but then I read the article. As a musical-theater nerd, it was wonderful to read about them brushing up on West Side Story in preparation for the album. Thanks, EW, for an awesome birthday present!
MARY ANN ROHEN
To say that Green Day has saved rock (''Sitting on Top of the World'') is to ignore all the bands that have made great music over the last 10 years and that remain virtually ignored by the mainstream media. What about Slipknot, Slayer, and Machine Head, not to mention nonmetal bands like Velvet Revolver and U2? Yes, Green Day pioneered the style now exploited ad nauseam by blink-182, Sum 41, and others, but it is, nevertheless, an overused sound today.
Host With the Most
It's nice to know that Survivor host Jeff Probst isn't just another pretty boy in puka beads and vintage T-shirts (''The Host Has Spoken''). His dead-on assessment of each season's players and events and how they played out to the American public was thought-provoking. Jeez, now it looks like I have another reason to watch!
NIKKI G. RIZZO
Not My Stereotype
I am disgusted by Joel Surnow, executive producer of 24 (News & Notes). This country always deserves political correctness, and to suggest otherwise is un-American. Also, although I'm not Muslim, I take offense at his comment about Muslims being terrorists. Anyone, Muslim or not, is capable of terrorism, and it takes a real idiot not to see that. It seems that Surnow is associated with the right TV network, because Fox loves ''right-wing nutjob[s]'' just like him.
Not to belittle the Council on American-Islamic Relations, but last time I looked, 24 was a fictional show. How PC does entertainment have to get? Should I be offended that Kevin James in The King of Queensportrays my demographic of overweight middle-aged white guys as not too bright? Soon bad guys will have to be pygmies or aliens not to offend some of the TV-watching public.
I was stunned to see myself quoted in the article ''Has 24 Gone Too Far?'' as saying ''Muslims are the terrorists.'' In my Q&A, Lynette Rice asked me if we felt we were stereotyping Muslims and/or Middle Easterners. I responded by saying, in substance, that while only a tiny minority of Muslims are terrorists, the majority of terrorists are self-proclaimed Muslims a very different sentiment than she imputed to me. It is not our intention to stereotype anyone or push any political agenda on 24.