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Volume 69, Issue 94, Thursday, February 19, 2004


Letters to the Editor

Stop the stereotyping

This is in response to Stephanie Davis' Opinion column on Tuesday ("Respect should be a top priority"). I was rather appalled at what I read. I understand there are some gay men out there who are overly flamboyant. However, you cannot lump them all into one category.

I know many gay men, and a vast majority of them are neither flamboyant nor rude. It is simply wrong to stereotype. My best friend is gay, and he still knows how to be respectful and does not go around using women's restrooms. 

I find it rather humorous that the writer said a person's sexual preference should be kept in the bedroom when we see straight couples parading their sexuality out in front of us all the time. I think what she meant to say was that homosexual preferences should be kept in the bedroom. Why should a straight couple have any more right to show their sexual preference than a gay couple? 

As far as the rainbow issue goes, whatever you choose to have the rainbow represent is your own business. Whether a parent wishes to teach his or her child it is a sign from God, a sign for homosexuals or that there is a pot of gold at the end of it is should be no concern of ours. 

It's true -- respect should go both ways. People should also take their own advice. Don't stereotype.

LeAnne Pedigo, 
communication senior

Lee Q-and-A embarrassing

Never before have I been so ashamed of being a Cougar. Prof. Steven Mintz and a number of campus organizations worked so hard to bring Spike Lee to the University on Monday night only to have audience members act like fools and further sink the University's intellectual image. 

I am referring to the Q-and-A forum, which was held at the end of Lee's lecture. Several neglected the opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion with one of the most brilliant minds in filmmaking today, instead asking him the idiotic "Will you help make me a star?" question. I'm sure Lee hears that question on a daily basis, but it's pathetic that he had to endure such nonsense on a college campus, a place where intelligent minds are supposed to gather. Apparently people were not paying attention when he spoke of how hard he worked to get to where he is now and how life isn't like American Idol.

Becoming a great director, actor or anything else for that matter does not happen overnight. Lee was there to stimulate deep thought, not to conduct a job fair. I only hope that those individuals responsible acknowledge their selfish act and apologize to Mintz, the University and, most importantly, Lee.

Joel Saravia, 
English junior


Letters Policy

Letters to the editor are welcome from all members of the UH community and should focus on issues, not personalities. Letters must be typed and must include the author's name, telephone number and affiliation with the University. Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, language and space. Letters may be delivered in person to Room 151, Communication; e-mailed to ; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.Send comments to


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