Whoosh! Issue 41 - February 2000
Letters to the Editor

From: John McGonigal
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 1:25 PM
Subject: Disgraceful

I am a moderate fan of X:WP, and don't much like Lucy Lawless as much as I do Rene‚ O'Connor. I still have to say my peice. I find it absolutely abominal that someone in your position could attack the shows star, Lucy. An organization should be pointed at the greater good. So what if she didn't help out, you said yourself that others have helped.

Sure it would be great if she donated some of the clothes worn on the show, or anything else for that matter. I have never even heard of this site until now. When it was drawn to the fans attention in the newsgroups and I had to see whats up.

You have made a fantastic first impression. Too bad it was an ugly one....

John McGonigal

From: AnvilK
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 1:45 AM
Subject: Kym: Disclaimer

As posted to Whoosh:

DISCLAIMER: No LL-dissin' editor was lynched in the production of this issue.


Glad to see you're keeping the sense of humor! :-)


From: Kathleen Phelan
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 11:17 AM
Subject: Your Editorial on LL

I know that you and I have had words before over my email to you regarding Hercules stuff, now I am hoping that you will take what I am about to say with out being defensive.

I understand you are entitled to your opinion but this whole editorial is entirely inappropriate. Who are you to judge anyone 's charitable contributions. That is THEIR Decision. It is also the height of rudeness. If you had spoken to me like that you would be getting the same email from me and quite possibly a very rude one as well.

Do not think because you own this website you can demand people to contribute. That is considered (in my opinion) Financial Blackmail.

I hope that you will reconsider your stance on this and be a little less judgmental on what the stars contribute.

Kate Phelan

Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2000 4:18 AM
Subject: Lucy Lawless and Sword & Staff

I have read the editorial and I have a nauseous feeling.

Oh ! Don't misunderstand me, I think that the S&S charity organization is really honorable (I must confess that I've never sent anything to it, but I am not a star, thank God). All charity organizations are honorable. That's maybe why Lucy Lawless offers attention and money to some (many ?) of them.

I really don't appreciate the fact that you attack her personnally in the editorial, using the argument that she is the star of a serie and S&S is a fan charity org.

In my opinion, you could have first tried to contact her, ask her why she didn't do anything, try to understand, etc...

Maybe you did ? In this case, why not give us all the information ?

Is it better to act like this, do you really think this could help S&S ? Do you think TPTB should replace Lucy with Gillian Andersson for the main character ?

Wish a Happy New Year anyway with a verrry frrrench accent.

Fryda from France

From: Pat
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 2:36 PM
Subject: January editorial

Sorry as I am to do it, I feel like I have to answer to your Whoosh editorial. I don't know who you are and why you feel the need to slash at Lucy the way you did, but as a Lucy fan, I feel offended by what you're saying "the fans" are supposedly thinking. Maybe Lucy's name isn't in the front row of the donator, but she always encouraged fans to give money to Sword-and-Staff instead of sending her gifts. I've learnt the existence of this charity by Lucy. Whether or not she gives anything personal in exchange for charity donation shouldn't even be considered. And if "a star of X-Files" has a less tight schedule, no pregnancy to deal with and is willing to participate, good for her, but that is NOT a reason to beat up on Lucy Lawless the way you did.

I always thought highly of Whoosh's website. I don't really care anymore. Lucy Lawless is the reason I'm a Xena fan and she's done more good things by her only words that you'll ever do. I know the web is a free-speech place but just don't say "the fans" when it's only your own opinion you're giving. And here I thought all Xenites where unified... what a reality check!

Pat Voumard

From: Bongo Bear
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2000 10:15 PM
Subject: Letter to the Editor: Nasty Editorial You Got There

Kym was quite clear to me that she was specifically displeased with LL's liaisons with the fandom, namely Creation. Since Lucy's publicist prefers to throw fan issues back to Sharon Delaney, she too can be lumped with Creation as purveyors of bad public relations. Kym has a large vocabulary. She could have used more inflammatory language than "representatives", but she didn't.

For those prefer an editorial with more bite, try this one: http://whoosh.org/issue40/editor40.html#editor

Sorry that was the wussy, lame editorial. I meant to link this one instead: http://whoosh.org/issue30/editor30.html#editor

The autograph brouhaha has been around the fandom for years. This is not news. How many years has S&S been asking for this? Two? Three? The latest editorial merely escalates the issue to the point where maybe TPTB will sit up and take notice.

"Representatives" is Kym's diplomatic word describing those who believe their job is to shield Lucy from the likes of S&S and other fan entities annoying to TPTB. But how shielded is Lucy really? S&S has been highly active in the fandom online and offline. The top stars of both shows, Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst and Renee' O'Connor, all know about, understand, and contributed to S&S. How can LL be so clueless in the MIDDLE of that crowd? On the other hand, LL has demonstrated her generosity and good will to various charities of her choice. So I am left with sharply contrasting views of Lucy Lawless. However, these views are not mutually exclusive.

LL may know enough about S&S to give her money and her time to something else. She gives money to charities that are close to home and that are specifically meaningful to her. Maybe Lucy feels likes she's done her charitable duty as a corporate citizen and S&S doesn't need her.

She gives her time to Creation and RenPics because they pay her well. She is now one of the richest people in New Zealand. I remember an interview in which she said she was very willing to do whatever it takes to support the selling of XWP. I believe that came out when the Xena doll did and she was in some publicity shots with it. Maybe that was an offhand comment to assuage the embarrassment she may have felt posing with an ugly lump of plastic on her shoulder. Or maybe that was a true capitalist speaking from the heart.

Now this is all speculation of course. Chances are equally as good that she knows so little about S&S and how a star is expected to interact with a fandom that she doesn't understand how such a small effort on her part could mean so much symbolically. A handful of signed photos is all anyone really expects as a charitable contribution.

If LL is so unwilling or negligent to do so little for an organization that can turn glossy paper into its weight in gold for worthy causes, then neither conclusion particularly flatters LL.

Bongo Bear

From: Thi Tran
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2000 12:39 PM
Subject: letter to the editor

I have been a long time admirer and appreciator of "Whoosh", however, I was disappointed and somewhat disheartened by your recent editorial "Where's Lucy Lawless?". Though I have great admiration for your work with "Whoosh", I believe that your attack on Lucy Lawless was unfair.

Ms. Lawless, as you probably already know, contributes her time and money to many causes publically (and perhaps, some privately), especially ones dealing with children. Why should it matter whether this good comes from Sword & Staff or from another charity as long as the betterment of humankind is achieved? True, Sword & Staff is run by Xena fans (and I think that it is wonderful that this show has such compassionate people as its loyal fans...), but it is unfair to accuse Ms. Lawless of ingratitude towards her fans simply because she has failed to make a donation to Sword & Staff. (And who knows, maybe she has given to Sword & Staff anonymously...) Lucy Lawless has shown appreciation of her fans publically (and maybe even privately) many times in the past. Besides, charity is a private matter based on a person's conscience and passions about what causes he/she wishes to support. By pressuring a person to donate to a particular charity because it is run by a loyal group of fans undermines the spirit of charity. Afterall, I'm sure that most members of Sword & Staff merely want to make the world a better place, regardless of who gets the credit. We should applaud Ms. Lawless's charitable acts, not attack them.

T. Tran

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