Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2000 11:30 PM
Subject: Letter to the editor
I was dismayed by the content and tone of your "Where's Lucy Lawless" editorial. About the editorials content: first, Lucy owes her fans nothing more than a performance. Next, what Lucy does about charities is her business alone. Can you imagine what the fan reaction would be if the situation were reversed and Lucy tried to dictate to us what charities we should participate in?
I also thought the tone could have been less virulent. Lucy has done a lot for charities and I think it would have been more even handed if those contributions had been mentioned.
Sword and Staff is a wonderful organization and should be applauded for all its accomplished. However, contributions, by fans and stars alike, should remain strictly voluntary!!!
From: Julian Corbett
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 4:55 AM
Subject: Letter to the Editor
I feel I must write to voice my objections to your issue 40 Editorial. I could not quite believe what I was reading, that a (supposed) fan of the show should unreasonably attack the star for not doing something the (supposed) fan wanted.
Whether or not Lucy decides to support charities like the Sword and Staff is ENTIRELY up to her and attacking her in this fashion is hardly likely to engender a positive or favourable response. I sincerely hope that Lucy has a more forgiving nature than I, had I been in her situation and been attacked in this way, I certainly would not look favourably on any future requests from the Sword & Staff, (or any requests from Whoosh either!!!).
In fact, were I anything to do with the Sword and Staff, I would be extremely displeased with the disservice-service you seem to have done to the charity. I would like to point out that without Lucy Lawless, there would be no Xena:Warrior Princess and therefore no fans, no Sword and Staff and no Whoosh for you to spout out your poison to the internet world.
I sincerely hope that you will publish an immediate and humble apology for your unwarranted comments.
Yours in absolute disgust,
From: Robert Skinner
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 11:37 AM
Your criticism of Lucy Loveless is not that she does not give to charity but that she does not give to you.
Somehow, I have problems with the idea. The charities that a person gives to are her own business and no matter how much you associate your charity with her, that does not make it her charity. An apology is in order.
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2000 11:30 AM
Subject: About that Editorial...
I sent you an e-mail yesterday morning criticising that editorial..before I saw what a big deal it had become.
Now, I want to also add:
I appreciate all the unpaid work and effort that you put into your web site so that many (including myself) can keep up with episodes of a show we love.
I still dislike that editorial for reasons stated in my earlier e-mail, BUT after reading some extremely harsh and negative and hurtful and personal attacks directed towards you, I hope that you can see that what others say about you actually says more about them.
Some people are not civil. Please do not let all the good feelings about your hard work get destroyed by a few people.
Whoosh is a highly regarded site in the Xenaverse. Your contribution stands.
L. Chris Miller
From: Barbara Davies
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 4:34 AM
Subject: Your Editorial
Re your editorial about LL:
I too noticed that Lucy's name was absent from the list of contributors. However, my reaction to it was different from yours. I simply shrugged and moved on.
You say:"Lucy Lawless should have been the number one name on the list ... All she needs do is just not embarrass her fans ... make her fans feel proud that she is just as charitable and generous as her acting peers."
I don't subscribe to 'shoulds and oughts', or to doing things just because others do them, or to doing things just to look good in other people's eyes, etc. Whether I give to charity, how, how much, to which ones etc is my business and noone else's. I try to extend that courtesy to other people too.
Charity isn't just about giving money to good causes. It's also about our attitude towards others.
IMHO your editorial is regrettably less than charitable to Lucy. :(
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 6:55 AM
Subject: Re: Editorial
It is indeed too bad that Ms. Lawless is not on the list of contributors to Sword and Staff, however such a blatant omission clearly begs the question 'why?'. Somehow I can't see Ms. Lawless tossing aside a request for S&S with a snarl and an accompanying 'Nah!'. Given the structure of any well known actor's 'machine' it brings us to the likelihood that one or some of her 'people' buggered up. That doesn't help S&S much in their quest to raise funds, but it does make personal diatribes against Ms. Lawless herself a bit arbitrary. However, I'm sure she'd want this brought to her attention. The lass has always demonstrated a respect for the Xenaverse and its fans. But before we start casting stones at the icon, maybe we should wonder if she needs to hire a new personal assistant. Methinks the answers lies somewhere under muddy waters not in callous contempt.
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 6:26 PM
Subject: Editorial Jan. 2000
As an individual expressing an opinion you may take LL to task for what she does or fails to do, but as the editor of an online fan magazine you should consider restraining yourself from attacking the character of an actor and stick to commenting on the fictional character she plays.
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2000 12:15 PM
Letter to Whoosh
Thank you for having the guts to ask some honest questions about the absence of Lucy's name on Sword & Staff's (S&S) donations list. I'm sure you're getting all sorts of flack for people misunderstanding it as a personal attack on Lucy or calling you the antichrist or whatever. Hang in there little trouper, sometimes it hurts to tell the truth. Editorials are where people get to vent publically. This is right and this is good. I think your editorial was spot on. I didn't find it a personal attack on Lucy. I thought it was well thought out, well written and is asking a simple question. No, Lucy doesn't *have* to donate to S&S. But don't expect people not to ask why. And it's true, it's rather pathetic when a star from the X-Files shows more consideration to an Xena charity group then Xena herself. I don't see this an an attack on Lucy (I mentioned that, didn't I?) but certainly a pointed question at those who represent her. How hard would it have been for Creation to part with a couple of things from their huge mountain 'o LUCY EBAY AUCTION crap? If Creation wants to be her official fan club, then they should treat her fans well
and one or two items donated to a fan run charity group isn't going to bankrupt them. But no, since they disvovered the magical wonderland of eBay is seems like charitable donations of memoribilia have vanished, with signed pictures and plaques doing nothing more but be yet another avenue for Creation to cash in. The Official Fan Club of the show behaves like it sees a fan run charity as competition and that is pathetic and sad. It isn't Lucy's fault, but if I were Lucy or a honcho at Renissance, I'd think twice about such a company running my official fan club.
Thank you Kym, for your editorial,
From: Walter Barber
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 5:23 AM
Subject: wrong attitude-Sword 'n Staff editorial
Isn't it nice that such a charitable organization as yourselves has decided to address what YOU (et al.) feel is an issue in such an inflamatory and negative way? You just made up my mind on whether or not to join. I would never add my name to something so wrong, pompous, one-sided and horribly biased, self-important, self-righteous... no need to go on. Nice way to ring in the new year/century/millenium. Is this your resolution? You should go into US politics.
From: Susan Mullarky
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 12:36 PM
Subject: Letter to the Editor
The gift of giving is done for personal reward. Internal personal rewards. The reward is only for the giver in his her her own soul. It is not done so that a certain person will take notice and pat you on the back by giving the organization something to auction off. When you start to expect gratuitous recognition you are dooming the heart of the organization which is build on the kindness and generosity of mere humans. When external reasons that, in my opinion, are not altruistic are revealed to be a major driving the force of a group then the gift of giving is tarnished.
My understanding is that Sword and Staff grew from the need of fans to give to certain charities and that your organization made that easier. It also, I thought, was there to support Xena fans to create their own money raising projects at Cons. Now it sounds like you are doing it for a Lucy Lawless bone. Charity is given from the heart.. it is not given to get something other then to benefit the charities you support. I don't give a rats ass if Lucy donates one item or even recognizes Sword and Staff. I care that the fans have a place to donate funds. I care that that money goes to the designated organizations. That, to me, is what a fan based charity is all about.
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