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Magazine article Out

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FUNNY MAN FANS (?)

Andy Samberg ["Andy Samberg Breaks Caricature," March 2009] is the only reason I still watch Saturday Night Live. His sketches and shorts are creative and entertaining. As a gay man, I have never been offended by anything he did, and I have some straight friends just like him. Everyone just needs to loosen up and breathe.

TONY SHOWS, PETAL, MS

Sorry, but I don't think a movie about gays preying on straight men would be that flattering to our community. Wouldn't this movie play right into the stereotypes straight men have of us? That we are all out to secretly get them in bed? I don't care how "cute" or how "tousled" the hair or how "very talented" Samberg may be, I'm offended that a movie that will only hurt us and perpetuate stereotypes has been made and that the actor portraying us in a stereotypical role is a rather offensive straight "dude."

SAM B., VIA THE WEB

Andy Samberg is exactly the kind of straight man I would be proud to call a "bro." Not only is he unafraid to play gay film roles, but by writing and acting in sketches on SNL that address - either by poking fun at or pointing out the ridiculousness of - both homophobia and inflated and outdated ideas of masculinity, he is starting conversa- tions at the water cooler, in the locker room, and around the dining room table that are helping to reshape how we - both gays and straights - see ourselves and can relate to one another.

SHERMAN HORN, PHOENIX

WHO'S THAT GIRL?

Peace certainly wasn't the Eurythmics' strongest work, but it did have its moments, including "I've Tried Everything," "I Saved the World Today," "Anything but Strong," and the dark album closer "Lifted." Probably the biggest complaint you could level is that it was a bit too Vegas - blame Stewart for that though, not Lennox ["Conditioned Soul," March 2009]. Back in the '80s, early in Eurythmics' career, a critic declared that Annie Lennox was the missing link between Joni Mitchell and the Future. It's not surprising that Diva is the source for roughly half ofher greatest hits in her new collection. It's an incredibly solid record - especially from an artist more than a decade into their career - and more than any other work I think it establishes Lennox as heir to Mitchell's legacy.

VIA THE WEB

Fabulous interview! Congratulations for conveying the many different personas of Miss Lennox and nailing each one. What a pleasure to read! A real talent for our times.

JOE D., BOSTON

Mr. Hicklin nailed it with his beautifully written editor's letter and terrific interview/story on Annie Lennox. At 45, I finally stopped displaying my two framed picture disc albums from Sweet Dreams and Touch. Out gets better all the time, and I look forward every month to each of the regular columnists. …

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