Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion: Too horny for TV?

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Empowerment or degradation?

Concerning “Sure, Beyoncé Made Grammys Historical past, however the Recording Academy Nonetheless Failed Her” [March 15]: Mikael Wooden known as the raunchy present by Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion in the course of the Grammy Awards ceremony “delightfully bawdy.” Talking as a Christian, it deserves to be condemned.

Their efficiency of “WAP,” by which they wore nearly nothing, opened their legs and simulated intercourse on a mattress, was borderline pornographic and disgusting. It was fully inappropriate for a program households could be watching on prime-time tv.

Who of their proper thoughts would name these items “feminine empowerment”? It was feminine degradation, turning girls into objects of lust.

The values of our society are relatively twisted. It’s completely OK in our cancel tradition for Dr. Seuss to be censored, however individuals cheer any such sleazy present as one thing good. What a tragic commentary.

John D. Wagner
Altadena

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I used to be questioning if any Calendar writers had been offended by the hypersexualized girls on the Grammys? Are the largely bare girls who’re gyrating, and objectifying their our bodies onstage, actually good for ladies, significantly at this place and time? Is “WAP” the right anthem for ladies to have fun?

Aren’t the ladies of the Grammys simply as responsible as the boys for commercially exploiting their very own our bodies for cash and fame? They offer cowl and excuse and legitimacy to individuals like Harvey Weinstein, who’ve stated that many ladies slept with him to additional their careers. It’s not solely males who objectify girls, however many ladies are complicit in exploiting their very own our bodies for fame and fortune. They damage girls too.

Dan Jones
Rancho Santa Margarita

Woody Allen’s critics and defenders

I simply learn Lorraine Ali’s commentary concerning the backlash from the “Allen v. Farrow” documentary [“Allen’s Defenders Were Ready to Rail,” March 17] and needed to jot down to help her.

I believe the piece was properly written and it’s a message that wanted to be put on the market. I do know she is getting plenty of unfavourable suggestions from Allen’s supporters, and I needed to let her know that she has plenty of supporters on the market too, even when we’re not as loud as Allen’s.

Terri McClain
Fairfax, Va.

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Some individuals who have reviewed the info don’t consider that Woody Allen, within the midst of essentially the most acrimonious movie star divorce of the twentieth century, sped at 120 mph from Manhattan to Connecticut, grabbed a baby, ran her as much as an attic, raped her, ran again down the steps, handed her off to a maid, jumped in his automotive and drove again to Manhattan at 120 mph for dinner. Are these merely individuals “used to a world the place girls had been merely informed to close up?”

That is applause-grabbing, sing-to-the-choir stuff, however can you actually consider it?

Are you going to hitch the refrain of people that don’t actually care if he did it or not, as a result of, you realize, patriarchy.

Matthew Wilder
Beverly Hills

Please retire that outdated time period

Concerning Christie D’Zurilla’s article “Why Steven Yeun, not Yul Brynner, Is Oscars’ First Asian American Lead Actor Nominee” [March 15]: The world has modified since 1985 when the Occasions printed Yul Brynner’s obituary.

At the moment using the time period “Gypsy” was accepted. The phrase is used to explain an individual from the Romani individuals, which is a very marginalized group.

The phrase is an offensive slur. The Occasions ought to undertake a method rule that addresses this.

Miriam Billington
Santa Monica

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Studying an article by a white girl author about what counts as “Asian American” in any context needs to be approached with warning and skepticism. So I whereas I admire any article that speaks to the Asian American expertise in California, I believe D’Zurilla has managed to trivialize this matter and likewise denigrate people whose background displays many cultures, reminiscent of Yul Brynner.

D’Zurilla ineptly muddles by an outline of Mr. Brynner’s heritage, which I sarcastically discovered to be essentially the most attention-grabbing a part of the entire article. His background is a combination of European and Asian cultures, which displays how races and cultures are interwoven in central and northern Asia.

Brenda Ching
Irvine

A second opinion on Dickinson

Concerning: “Calendar Suggestions: A Missed Analysis” [March 14]: The letter about Emily Dickinson signifies that she had “frequent and violent” epileptic seizures, as if such speculative particulars had been a part of the poet’s normal biography.

However they’ve just one supply: Lyndall Gordon’s “Lives Like Loaded Weapons: Emily Dickinson and Her Household’s Feuds” (2010).

The epilepsy allegations are fastidiously thought of and refuted by Norbert Hirschorn and Polly Longsworth in “Was it Epilepsy?: Misdiagnosing Emily Dickinson (1830-1886),” printed within the journal Views in Biology and Medication in 2013.

Leigh Clark
Granada

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