08/19/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT
Dumb, dumb, dumb, correspondents cried at the decision to dump Delta Burke from Designing Women (PEOPLE, July 29). Almost all agreed that Delta's Suzanne Sugarbaker character was the best part of the show, and without her they would be tuning out.
Delta Burke may be a moody bitch with a weight problem, but she is no different from many of the temperamental male stars working in Hollywood—who haven't been ousted from television shows. The Designing Women fiasco is a sad statement about the lack of support among working women, even in the 1990s. Instead of forming a badly needed old-girls' network, they continue to compete. Producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who has the power to improve the system for women in the industry, ought to take a class on management skills. Seems husband Harry is a lost cause.
LUANNE SANDERS, Atlanta
I was disgusted by your cover story on Delta Burke. You failed to prove there was true ill-feeling among the Designing Women cast. Instead you relied on the same feud we have all heard involving the Thomasons. Although I am truly fond of the entire cast, there has never been an episode without Delta in the script that has measured up to those featuring her. Unfortunately I must chalk up one more to the list of favorite shows I no longer watch.
NICOLA GILBERT, Venice, Calif.
Your article stated, "Some on Designing Women believe that what Burke really wanted was to be the series' star." Well, I have news for whoever those "some" may be; Delta may or may not have behaved like the Wicked Witch of the West on the set, but she already was the star. It wasn't that the rest of the cast wasn't terrific, it's just that Delta was even better.
PEGGY HAGAN, Largo, Fla.
Just what Designing Women needs—two more anorexics! Thank goodness for reruns and the shows I've already taped. I can enjoy Delta Burke and Jean Smart for years. I'm resigning from Designing Women come this fall.
JOAN ARELLANO, Orinda, Calif.
BLACKS IN HOLLYWOOD
If Spike Lee doesn't want to get involved in an interracial relationship, that's certainly his prerogative. However, he doesn't have to insult those who do. Calling white women who date black men "ugly" and "dogs" is sexist, racist and just plain untrue. It is a shame that someone who has displayed so much talent and intelligence in the making of films holds such backward ideas regarding women and race, especially one often held up as a role model for young people. I'm disappointed in Spike—he deals in stereotypes and still hasn't realized that you don't advance one group of people by putting down other groups.
CAROL JEVREM, Columbus, Ohio
I am the white, female half of an interracial couple that has survived 18 years despite the added stresses of society and a nonsupportive family. I was going to respond to Mr. Lee's "ugly, mugly dogs" remark in a dignified, intelligent manner, noting that to generalize in the way he did is as bigoted as anything I've heard. But then I thought, "Nah." Yo, Spike! Look in the mirror!
PATRICIA A. SKIPPER, Reading, Pa.
We thoroughly enjoyed your article "Black Stars Rising," but it's no wonder that African-American filmmakers and entertainers have difficulty getting the long overdue recognition and respect by mainstream America when PEOPLE's cover heralds the exploits of a spoiled Southern prima donna—sitcom star and the impending parentage of an overaged playboy on its cover. Have you heard the one about the pot and the kettle? Shame on you!
MICHELLE AND MARIE FLEMMINGS, New York City
I am not a baseball fan. I don't really care one way or the other about players and all the aches and pains. I have mine too. But I do care deeply for justice, and I do not find any in the absence of Pete Rose from baseball for gambling and the so-called triumphant return of Steve Howe, a longtime user of drugs. Both addictions are wrong and destructive. Why reward one and not the other for rehabilitation? Is what Steve Howe did less abusive to society than what Pete Rose did? I think not.
CAROLYN J. RAY, Independence, Mo.
I'm glad Lyle Alzado has stepped forward about steroids and their dangers. Will it not enlighten us all? What we didn't need is an extra to this story—another ex-wife on the pity pot! Get a life, Cindy, and learn empathy if not sympathy and teach your son how to be a caring person. It's clear which victim I believe and whose bitterness is as crippling as any cancer.
MARSHA FISCHER, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
At a time when Lyle Alzado needs our love, support and prayers—I was angered by his ex-wife's remarks. Hardly anyone has nice things to say about their ex-husband, but this article was not the time or place. I found it in poor taste and was surprised PEOPLE would honor it with a spot in the story.
JULIE GARRISON, Taft, Calif.