Letters From OC Weekly Readers

'You Do Not Especially Like Rich White People'

I was just reading through Yelp reviews of Asian Tapas yesterday, wondering if it was any good. Thanks for confirming with your marvelous review [Edwin Goei’s “You Got Your Tapas In My Chinese Food!” Nov. 20]. I definitely want some of that soup!

Melissa, Tustin, via

Wonder if they’d bend and make a pastrami burrito [Gustavo Arellano’s “Hamburger (and Patty Melt) Heaven,” Nov. 20].

El Gringo, Guadalahabra, via


I think the ORIGINAL “Bun and Burger” was a small sit-down place on Shoppers Lane at Citrus in Covina. It was popular with the locals in the ’60s. Great homemade pies.

Thirtyplus, via

Very cool, Stadium Angel [Hey, You! “Stadium Angel,” Nov. 20]!

KimR, Fullerton, via


Awesome story. What a great way to start Thanksgiving week!

Chris, Los Angeles, via

Beans refried with olive oil [¡Ask a Mexican! Nov. 20]? Gross . . .

M.E., via


Gustavo, good answer to the women-with-short-hair question. You mentioned that women during the 1920s wore bob haircuts. I have pictures of my grandmother (her parents were from the state of Guanajuato) during this era wearing her hair in a short bob—and wearing a suit and hat. Also, my wife is a hair stylist, and she says that it is a lot of work to color long hair, as you mention.

Chris, Torrance, via


Regarding hair and Mexican señoras: How about those ladies who never, ever touch their hair? Virgin hair, I call them. Never a perm, a dye, a salon haircut. All they do is pull it back into a colita with a scrunchy. Color of the scrunchy doesn’t necessarily need to match their outfits. When hair turns gray, gray it stays, still in a ponytail.

Ang, City of the Angeles but not OC, via


My God, I’ve been thinking of this for years. The older women on my Mexican side of the family sport this Peggy Hill look, but so do the older women on my Nicaraguan side of the family. However, our women would rather go blind than wear those humongous bumblebee glasses old gabachas sport all day (that’s something our old men do for some reason, even when they get all vaquero-d out). So considering old gabachas, Mexicans and Nicaraguans (not to mention wab negras from Africa), horrible, old-lady hair is a transnational and multiracial nightmare.

Aztlan, Sun Valley, via


I guess my grandmother is an exception to the rule about hair and Mexican women. She actually DID have red hair.

Beaner4life, via

Um . . . yeah . . . I thought we’d grown out of the “Great White Hope” phase as a country [Melissa Anderson’s “Was Blind But Now I See,” Nov. 20]. I was surprised when I didn’t see any sort of backlash stories calling [the movie The Blind Side] “offensive” or “controversial.” My first thought when seeing the previews and hearing the whole “Sandra Bullock is Oscar material” bullshit was . . . ‘REALLY?!’ You’ve got to hand it to us, though: We know what sells and can repackage that shit and market it like a Pet Rock. Here’s to Hollywood!

Racist OC Weekly/Register Reader, via


From your article, it is pretty obvious that you do not especially like rich white people. You put down someone’s effort to help a teen who needs help desperately just because she happens to have the money to do it. I think your article was mean and unjustified. You made no mention of even talking to Michael Oher as to how he felt about it or what it meant to him, so your arguments mean nothing. One thing you failed to bring up is, why didn’t the bighearted black families in his neighborhood help him out?

BJ Holland, Downey, via

I’m a moderate who prefers choosing issues, not political parties [Matt Coker’s “Sheriff Joe Moseys Into Town,” Nov. 13]. I can’t stand the extremists from either side of the aisle. With that said, I commend Tim [Whitacre] for posting an articulate and professional response without resorting to childish profanity and name-calling, unlike the writers for the OC Weekly. While there are some interesting articles in the Weekly with a different twist, it’s unfortunate the writers have to resort to adolescent behavior and frequent bigoted comments that my 10-year-old son knows are inappropriate. You would probably garner more respect and credibility without the name-calling, etc.

Glenn, via

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