Leonard Feather's nasty little commentary about Jackie Mason's performance on the recent Grammy Awards telecast seemed, despite a half page, to have absolutely no point ("When Mason Crossed the Racial Line," March 13).
The article itself concludes with Mason's own apologies and regrets: no one knows better than he how poorly his routine went over. To put Quincy Jones on the spot for a quote about the situation seems equally mean-spirited.
Although I personally did not care for the routine either, the members of the Academy must have thought it was worthwhile since they nominated the album from which the routine was taken for a Grammy award.
Also, while Feather is so busy castigating an already rueful Mason for the "perpetuation of long-demolished stereotypes," he seems to have no compunction about referring to other segments of our population as "rednecks" and "bumpkins."
What Feather has accomplished is to announce to Calendar readers that he himself is a very shallow and lightweight writer.