Friday, August 31, 2007

Good to march to the left, but not always

BY RICHARD ROEPER

Your turn. Michael Trujillo, LtCol, USMC (Retired): "I have always been a fan of yours, but I would like to take this opportunity to disagree with you. Understandably, you took exception to [Ted] Nugent's behavior. Now you know what the right feels when entertainers from the left spew the same kind of venom at President Bush. . . . When's the last time you wrote a column on the classless behavior from the left? Lord knows you've had ample opportunity."

Sir: I understand where you're coming from. No doubt I've criticized conservatives more often than I've ripped liberals in my column -- but I HAVE written negative things about Sean Penn, Rosie O'Donnell, Hillary Clinton, Barbra Streisand and many other liberals when I thought it was warranted.

Call me an idealist, but I believe a columnist can be moderate/liberal but not take the company line on every single issue.

Lori Challinor: "With your take on Disney's 'High School Musical 2,' you have joined the ranks of many esteemed folk. . . . Your column was on the near-fascist blog 'Free Republic,' along with their amazingly juvenile 'Barf Alert' tag. The Free Republic is peopled by those who would feel more at home in Berlin, 1937, than in Philadelphia, 1776. You should take pride in knowing that you are hated by these folks. You must be doing something right."

It's an honor just to be nominated.

Anonymous: "You are a loony, left-wing, liberal goofball. Go to Russia, ass - - - -."
Why, is there a loony-left-wing-goofball convention taking place there?

Larry Cruz: "I always viewed you as more of a moderate than a liberal. To revisit the statement [at the end of the column]: 'As wholesome and family-friendly as those films are, both 'High School Musical' films promote tolerance, interracial dating and rejection of elitism, all liberal themes that drive those religious right-wingers nuts.' So . . . I'm Asian, right-wing, I'm quite religious, and I also believe in tolerance, interracial dating and rejecting elitism. Weird, huh? It's only a wild guess, but just maybe both liberals and conservatives believe in the same three values?"

Well said, Larry. I would hope you're right. But judging by the names I was called by many conservatives reacting to the column, I think some have to work on that whole "tolerant" thing.
James Scales: "My question to you is, what is the entertainment value in Ultimate Fighting? Would you rather see humans fight to the near-death than dogs?"

Excellent point. But at least the humans are CHOOSING to fight.

John Reents: "Your column was the first sign of sanity I saw in the local press regarding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Chicago. You'd think we'd never seen a celebrity before, for Oprah's sake!"

Chicago has been home to the two biggest celebrities on the planet in the last quarter-century: Oprah and Michael Jordan. Overall, we're no more or less starstruck than the average New Yorker. Of course it was fun hosting Angelina and Brad, and some of the coverage was entertaining as hell. I just don't think the average Chicagoan cared THAT much.

Mikayla Nicholson: "I was watching your online video about walking out on movies and I agree with you 100 percent. I have walked out of a movie only once, when I was dragged to see 'The Hills Have Eyes 2.' I got queasy and threw up in the aisle and the exit. My dad said the same thing happened to him when he saw 'Psycho,' so I guess it runs in the family.

"Anyways, a couple random questions.

"1. Do you like eating during a movie?

"2. Where do you sit in the theater?

"3. (Which would make this more than a couple of questions, sorry.) Do you have a 'sick' movie? For me it's any chick flick. Ice cream, tissues, and 'Beaches' or 'Sleepless in Seattle' or 'Just Like Heaven,' a perfect Saturday night for me.

"4. Do you watch good TV as well? I remember seeing 'Garden State' for the first time and I loved it so I checked to see if 'Scrubs' was any good. I am now a die-hard fan. Funny how that happens.

"Anyhoo, if you've made it this far thanks for reading and I hope to God I see you at the movies. :)

"Peace, Love and Gap"

1. I see most movies between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it's more likely I'm injecting caffeine into my veins.

2. An aisle seat, or on the floor.

3. "Goodfellas," "True Romance," "Pulp Fiction," "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Professional."

4. I TiVo: "Friday Night Lights," "Heroes," "Lost," "The Office," "Entourage," "High Stakes Poker" and "Rescue Me." I don't always get around to actually watching all this stuff, but I try.
Peace Love and Gap to you as well.

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