By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Thank you for covering this issue [Spencer Kornhaber’s “Rated Ex,” June 25]. It’s great when people like Michael Bussee finally find self-acceptance and are able to integrate their sexuality into a fulfilling life. In doing so, they bring to light the heinous lies and deceptions of the “ex-gay” movement, which brandishes a few questionably translated, handpicked phrases of the Bible to demonize homosexuality. (I’ll never understand how it justifies ignoring so many other specific things the Bible says—eating shellfish and issues around women’s periods and whatnot.) Unfortunately, Orange County has more than its fair share of these halfhearted biblical literalists and not enough people advocating for tolerance and understanding.
Drew Brown, via ocweekly.com
PARIS BY NIGHT MOVES
Have you actually seen the DVDs [Spencer Kornhaber’s “We’ll Always Have Paris By Night,” June 25]? Seventy percent of the show is lip-synched! The poor attempt at hip-hop in some of the acts? Corny jokes? It’s the same thing over and over—the production is a cheap copy of Korean and Hong Kong singing acts. Also, I don’t know how it will survive with the new generation of American-born Vietnamese.
Porkchopbun, via ocweekly.com
Porkchopbun, Thuy Nga is a link, a bridge that connects Vietnamese people from all over the world with music, comedy and, simply, talent. On the lip-synching, the singers are the individuals who sang the song, so it really doesn’t matter. Plus, Thuy Nga puts on live shows all the time. These “poor attempts” at hip-hop are attempts to connect American-born Vietnamese to their language and heritage. Thuy Nga wants to appeal to all audiences. The corny jokes are entertaining. What do you want? “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Also, there are new themes every year besides Tet and sequels of past shows. Music is universal. Paris By Night has its own style. Have you ever seen a Korean production that had choreography and staging like Paris By Night’s? Lastly, why are you reading this article in the first place if you’re just going to criticize?
Dungbeetle, via ocweekly.com
MESSY ROOMMATE . . . WITH BENEFITS?
I’ve seen stupid complaints before, but this one takes the cake [Hey, You! “There Goes the Ol’ Security Deposit,” June 25]. Your renter putting out or something? Otherwise, kick the dumb fuck out and kick yourself out because you are a dumb fuck for letting them get away with it.
Hager, via ocweekly.com
Mount the helmet and use it as a mailbox [Hey, You! “Lax Morality,” June 18]. Something like this would be the perfect opportunity to go to the Spy Store.
DestrutiveCretinsAreAmok, Laguna Nihilist, via ocweekly.com
The helmet was most likely stolen and dropped. Did you notice any latte cups or napkins from Starbucks?
Next, Trabuco, via ocweekly.com
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