Calendar Suggestions: Hollywood hypocrisy on bullying

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Thanks to Mary McNamara for her column about bullying in Hollywood [“Hey Hollywood, Stop the Bully Act,” April 13]. Bullies additionally exist in households, faculties, neighborhoods, the army, the police and different workplaces.

As a sufferer of bullies as a teen and teenager, I’ve felt their energy. Strolling from college sooner or later, an absolute stranger strolling throughout the road referred to as me a reputation. For causes I can’t clarify, I intuitively discovered it humorous that this stranger felt that I used to be a menace to his sense of self. And out of the blue my abdomen ache disappeared and I stood tall, realizing that this bully, and all bullies, are cowards, and the perceived weak set off their very own insecurities.

We tolerate bullies within the office and in households to outlive. All of us ought to know this: We give bullies emotional energy they don’t deserve; they deserve our scorn, possibly our pity.

Sidney Morrison
Los Angeles

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Mary McNamara wrote a column concerning the inside workings of the movie trade, focusing particularly on individuals who behave badly and get away with it so long as they’re making good films.

What occurred with Harvey Weinstein was an exception. There are various extra like him, they only don’t get in hassle.

Andrew Gallagher
Costa Mesa

Books, books and extra books

Re: April 11 Calendar: OMG! A complete part of books. Thanks. However I nonetheless need the Ebook Overview part again.

Darlene Moses Olympius
Yorba Linda

Asian American erasure?

Is The Occasions erasing Asian People anew, making them once more an “invisible minority” in American society? It appears so.

Carolina Miranda’s column concerning the Huntington Library, Artwork Museum, and Botanical Gardens [“Facing a History of Deep Inequity,” April 4] and its fraught historical past with communities of coloration failed to acknowledge the establishment’s largest and most profitable initiative in diversifying itself, its audiences and its choices.

The opening of the Chinese language backyard in 2008 and its subsequent expansions — an funding of about $56 million — was a daring selection for an establishment that traditionally skewed white. The venture has radically modified the Huntington’s group, making it way more inclusive of a significant a part of the area’s individuals. In pre-COVID surveys, about 28% of tourists self-identified as Asian; roughly 30% of members are Asian now; and a whole lot of Asians are amongst its main donors.

For all of the Huntington’s guests, of each race, the backyard is one in every of its high points of interest.

Consistent with the Huntington’s mission to coach, the Chinese language backyard, with its older Japanese counterpart, promotes Asian tradition by way of live shows, exhibitions, competition celebrations and a site-specific play.

In fact, the Huntington is aware of it has a lot, way more to do about variety, fairness and inclusion. Nevertheless it got here to that realization 20-plus years earlier than George Floyd’s dying and it acted. And since President Karen Lawrence arrived three years in the past, she has reenergized the marketing campaign for its additional advance towards higher inclusivity.

Simon Ok.C. Li
Pasadena

Editor’s be aware: The author, an assistant managing editor at The Occasions till 2007, is a trustee of the Huntington however says he isn’t writing on behalf of the establishment. Li and the position of his spouse, June Li, as curator of the Huntington’s Chinese language backyard was talked about within the story however not expanded on.

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Thanks for a reasonably good column concerning the Huntington Library. It’s an vital L.A. County establishment and is making an attempt to be extra inclusive. As a former San Marino resident and a San Marino Excessive Faculty grad, I really feel the modifications look to be overwhelmingly optimistic.

What was actually lacking from the story was an exploration of how the Huntington’s lack of management variety is (or isn’t) affecting the customer expertise. In spite of everything, that’s how the overwhelming majority of us work together with the museum.

For instance, does the Huntington monitor the demographics of its members or different guests? If not, why not?

The story does point out the Chinese language backyard and the Japanese backyard. However I might have appreciated further data to assist us contextualize how numerous the collections are.

And certainly, some members of the Huntington over time have been individuals of coloration. What do they consider the state of the establishment and these new efforts?

The top aim ought to be to construct a stronger Huntington, not merely to have a extra numerous management workforce.

Jacob Pierce
Monrovia

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Your revisionism is sickening.

If there have been no Henry E. Huntington, there can be no Huntington Gardens and the women talked about within the column would haven’t any jobs.

David Minney
Laguna Niguel

Racist language double customary?

Greg Braxton’s article concerning the Amazon sequence “Them” [“Does ‘Them’ Go Too Far in Its Racist Violence?” April 12] describes the trauma of oppression with examples like “pickaninny” dolls and “The N-word has been burned into the entrance garden.”

The latter is universally acknowledged as a racist affront as of late. One thing terribly offensive to each Black and white individuals.

Nonetheless, on the identical web page, August Brown calls the late rapper DMX a celebrity [“An Appreciation: A Fierce Voice”] and describes his hits as “traditional.” DMX’s household mentioned, “Earl’s music impressed numerous followers the world over and his iconic legacy will stay on perpetually.”

Additionally within the appreciation are lyrics from his songs, which use the N-word.

Is that this a double customary or is it hypocrisy or ignorance?

Larry Wright
Lengthy Seaside

Solidarity with the humanities

Relating to Carolina Miranda’s column “Oscars Are Off Monitor” [April 4]: I positive want the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences would have thought to make use of the Music Heart. It might have been a terrific increase to the theaters within the advanced and, as Miranda mentioned, three of this 12 months’s greatest movies got here from stage reveals.

Exhibiting solidarity with the humanities — it will have been such a good suggestion.

Carolina Miranda’s protection of the humanities is so wonderful, The Occasions is fortunate to have her.

Maureen “Mo” McFadden
Santa Barbara

LACMA letdown

Artwork Critic Christopher Knight politely panned LACMA’s opening exhibit [“What’s Ahead at LACMA?” April 1]. He was being type.

Room after room within the Broad Up to date Artwork Museum constructing confirmed the identical big, boring cartoon face and the childish drawings of an clearly untrained hand, by Yoshitomo Nara.

Invoice Viola is my favourite video artist, however what was chosen for this present must be amongst his much less attention-grabbing works.

For the remaining, a miscellany of items struggling to squeeze into doubtful themes. The top quality of the Fiji exhibit within the Reznick was a distinction and reduction from the remaining.

I had anticipated a beautiful exhibit to have fun LACMA’s reopening after the pandemic shutdown.

Why had been the curators so stingy with their riches?

Gail Osborne
Culver Metropolis

Fleetwood Mac’s different much less well-known member

Relating to Rob Tannenbaum’s article on Peter Inexperienced and Fleetwood Mac [“Fleetwood Mac Is Ever Green,” April 4]: Rising up within the Bay Space and listening to Tom Donahue on KSAN, the one band that I ever heard play “Oh Properly” and “Rattlesnake Shake” was Fleetwood Mac.

To this present day I’ve by no means heard the opposite variations talked about, simply the definitive ones by Peter Inexperienced and firm.

When the historical past of Fleetwood Mac is mentioned I discover it relatively unhappy and nearly abhorrent that Bob Welch’s title and music is absent within the dialog. He was the one who carried Fleetwood Mac to FM radio success and was the bridge between the Peter Inexperienced years and the eventual Buckingham/Nicks period.

With all due respect to Inexperienced (properly deserved), Bob Welch deserves higher than anonymity in a band he performed a significant half in.

Bob Beland
Mar Vista

Nice writing speaks for itself

Mark Athitakis tells us Hemingway is outdated, irrelevant and, let’s face it, not woke [“Is Papa’s Writing Still Relevant Today?,” April 5].

It is a really crabbed and reductive view of the person and his work.

Solely a terrific author might convey the sensual world to life the best way Hemingway does. Whether or not he’s writing concerning the forests and streams of Higher Michigan, or the oysters and sausages and wines of Paris, or the pageantry and savagery of the bullring, or the hills and savanna and sumptuous animals of Africa, or the mysteries of the Gulf Stream, he makes the attentive reader expertise what the narrator experiences. Together with these experiences a forged of memorable and idiosyncratic characters leap off the web page and stick within the thoughts.

It’s no accident that so many 1000’s of readers have been drawn to go to the locations he wrote about so vividly.

The person might have died in 1961 however nonetheless, in his books, Hemingway lives.

Mort Kamins
Studio Metropolis

Georgia on her thoughts

Re: “Silence Not an Possibility for the Studios” [April 1]: Bravo! Preserve that includes Mary McNamara’s columns. Her work is good, relatable, knowledgeable and such enjoyable to learn.

She makes me suppose, each time.

Deborah Moore Manning
Newport Seaside

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Thanks a lot for reminding me that displaying your ID throughout an election 12 months is racist.

After I go to the liquor retailer as we speak and purchase cigarettes or beer I’ll stare down the clerk and inform him that he’s an irredeemable racist.

Identical factor once I enter a tattoo parlor.

Additionally, once I go to the physician’s workplace or board an airplane I’ll give a steely look towards the nurse or the stewardess and say, “You’re a racist and this racism should cease.”

I additionally hope that as you woke reporters at The Occasions enter your secured constructing that you’ll take a noble stand and self-righteously denounce the racist safety guard for daring to ask to your ID.

And if he dares to defy you, you then shortly increase your arm excessive within the air together with your clenched fist and demand justice. Perhaps even shout in his face, “no justice, no peace.”

You go, lady. This simply goes to point out you the way vital social justice warriors like McNamara are and the way extremely crucial she is on this existential struggle for our democracy.

Dan Jones
Rancho Santa Margarita

What’s the large deal?

Was Friday a sluggish information day? It’s the solely purpose I can consider why The Occasions would put an article on the entrance of the Calendar part about somebody having their title mispronounced at an awards ceremony [“Awards Gaffe Rocks Stage Alliance” by Jessica Gelt, April 2].

Additionally it is laborious to know how being given an award is now an “fairness” concern. Individuals’s names of all races are mispronounced on a regular basis. Recover from it.

Joe Kaplan
Lake Forest

Historic penalties

Relating to “Display screen Actors Guild Awards” [April 5]: So intriguing. So historic. So politically right. So boring. So, I didn’t watch them.

A foremost purpose I made a decision to not watch was that “The Trial of the Chicago 7” was nominated. If the real-life “Chicago 7” had not instigated a riot within the windy metropolis, Hubert Humphrey wouldn’t solely have defeated Richard Nixon and saved America from Watergate but in addition the beginnings of a mainstream media that turned so highly effective that it has been capable of take down not less than two presidents.

Mark Walker
Yorba Linda

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