updated 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
After reading your article on Charlie Sheen (PEOPLE, March 9) I have to congratulate you. Mr. Sheen is by far the most obnoxious, materialistic, self-loving playboy ever to grace your pages—I love it! Finally someone who has achieved fame and fortune and actually admits that he got what he wanted and wants more. It is a relief after hearing so many actors whine and complain about stardom. It's nice to know at least one person is enjoying our appreciation of his exceptional talent.
Granted Charlie Sheen is a fine young actor, but as a human being he has a long way to go. I was offended by his sexist remarks regarding women, and considering his talent, I found his willingness to prostitute himself in favor of the almighty dollar to be very sad. Too bad he inherited only his father's talent and none of his class.
"Check out butts"? "Finally got that piano off my back"? Get this straight, Charlie. Your money and your high-priced toys are the only things that are gonna keep you warm if you don't get off this immature and blatantly disrespectful attitude toward women. I will admit that you're a handsome devil, and I certainly acknowledge your participation in the brilliance of Platoon, but you sure didn't inherit the Sheen compassion. Take a cue from Dad, 'cause if you continue making statements to the press like you did in this unfortunate article and expect the likes of Kim Alexis to come running, well, to use your phrase, "It's dubious!"
Westlake Village, Calif.
Many thanks to PEOPLE for its interviews with the three best things (Sheen, Berenger and Dafoe) in the finest film yet about the horrors of Vietnam. My only quibble with the film (and disagreement with Sheen) is about the film's "brilliant script." Realistic though I'm sure it was, it was far from brilliant in any literal sense, given its overwhelming use of four-letter words. I'd be perfectly happy to see this film win many Oscars, but a Best Screenplay award it does not deserve.
Harriet E. Giwertz
New York City
I would like to thank you for such an interesting article on Andy Warhol. He was and still is the best Pop artist. It was a terrible loss to the art world and to his fans when he passed away so suddenly. Unlike his famous quote, "In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes," Andy will be remembered.
New York City
James David Barber
The remarks by Duke University's James David Barber on Ronald Reagan's character are revealing. I'm inclined to wonder if perhaps some of the blame for the Irangate affair shouldn't go to those American voters who foolishly allowed themselves to be mesmerized by a former professional actor skilled in the art of fooling the public.
Doris M. Helander
Isn't it time to stop the charade and get the loony tune out of office? Reagan has been telling lies and concocting ludicrous stories for much too long. The man is President of the United States. Are we to ignore his acts simply because he smiles a lot and seems like a nice guy?
Mark David Chapman
I just finished reading the third installment of Mark in Wonderland. I felt such sadness reading the account of this animal. It is incredible to me that now, because of your reporting every single abstract thought this creature had, we know more about him than we ever did about John Lennon. I am of the opinion that Chapman has every right to feel worthless, as he has never accomplished anything that would benefit the world, especially his so-called suicide attempts. Wouldn't this be a better place if he had had just one drop of real courage?
I just finished the last article on Mark David Chapman. Never before have I read something so in-depth and thought-provoking. Although I'm only 15 still appreciate and love the music of the Beatles; they're timeless. But Chapman's story needed to be told. PEOPLE, I commend you on an absolutely terrific article. You gave the public the truth and did it in a respectable manner.
I am appalled at the three-part article on Mark David Chapman. He is a very sick individual and is certainly not deserving of this coverage. I am sure that he is thriving on the stardom PEOPLE has given him. Why would you feed his disturbed ego? Mental illness in any form is no excuse for the senseless killing of John Lennon. Mark Chapman is guilty, guilty, guilty, and what he does deserve he is not getting.
Dix Hills, N.Y.
I have cooperated with Dr. Dorothy Lewis in the forensic evaluations of more than 200 violent criminals over the past 16 years, including 42 murderers. She has worked extensively with defense and prosecution attorneys and is highly regarded as an expert in forensic psychiatry. Like all ethical physicians she has never divulged details that a subject or patient asked her to keep confidential—or made promises she could not keep in order to obtain information. She has actually refused to testify to avoid divulging such information. PEOPLE owes her an apology for implying that she is anything other than an ethical expert in forensic psychiatry.
Jonathan H. Pincus, M.D.
School of Medicine
No implication about Dr. Lewis' ethics was intended, and as the article pointed out, her credentials are indeed impeccable.—ED.