Lawrence Christon's report on this year's Comic Relief show failed to mention some of the disturbingly racist and sexist elements in the show ("Comic Relief: An HBO Tradition," Nov. 16).
Paul Rodriguez told several "jokes" dealing with Vietnamese, Filipinos and Japanese such as something like: "Why don't we have any Asian homeless? Their eyes turn round when they get hungry."
While ethnic "jokes" of all kinds abounded, none was so mean, unflattering and prevalent as those directed against Asians. With the exception of one member of the chorus, Asians were significantly absent from the Comic Relief stage.
Comic Relief could not make up its mind on violence against women, presenting some very mixed messages. Shelley Long gave an impassioned plea for help for homeless women, emphasizing how their plight makes them frequent victims of rape and how many have been victims of violent husbands.