Mail from our readers
Bravo, Madonna! I applaud the Material Girl for her outrageous
behavior (44, Dec. 14). Never mind the video the media circus that
follows each fresh, scandalous Madonna performance is almost as
entertaining. Maybe we'd be better off relaxing and enjoying the fun
of it all-like she does.
James J. Stivale
Let me congratulate you on your fine, unbiased view of the most
talented performer of our time, Madonna. While others will blast you,
I thank you. The video is great, the song is wonderful, the singer is
beautifully superb, and your magazine is truly the best.
R. J. Droll
How much longer will Americans go on pretending they don't have
libidos? Oh, I forgot: America is where everyone makes love in the
dark. If you had wanted your video played, Madonna, you should have
turned off the lights.
Hey, America! Leave Madonna alone. She should be able to do what
she wants that's what America is all about.
You write that Madonna is the world's most powerful recording
artist. Get real! That title belongs to Michael Jackson! Michael has
united black and white audiences all over the world through his music
and without resorting to public vulgarity to do it.
I have been a big Madonna fan for a long time, but ''Justify''
does indeed go overboard for MTV or early prime time. We are a nation
that seems to have forgotten all of our kids age 14 and under. Those
of us who are trying to raise children with some values appear to be
stuck with an ''everybody else does it they'll see it and do it
anyway'' media mentality. I'm glad to hear Madonna is interested in
warnings on these works, but the clue word here is ''adult.'' Her ''Poor
is the man...'' phrase sounds in poor taste. In private, each partner
should have the other's permission to perform a sexual act.
Newport News, Va.
Okay, so Madonna is the smartest businesswoman ever. So what? Her
latest video has stirred up more controversy than the Persian Gulf
crisis. I do love your magazine, but can't we get on to something a
little more interesting?
Yes! A fitting comment on our life and times: Madonna's slutty
video makes the cover of your Dec. 14 issue, while the passing of
America's greatest composer, Aaron Copland, gets four inches on page
Ken Tucker may feel that ''China Beach alienated many of its
staunchest fans'' (Dec. 14), but please don't count us among them. We
feel that the current episodes are among the most incisive and well
acted of any show on television, and we despair of finding another
show as adult-oriented and intelligent as China Beach once it goes
off the air.
Paula Lichtenberg and Kate Brandt