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Satirizing Minorities

November 18, 1990

In Greg Braxton's Nov. 4 cover story, Keenen Ivory Wayans says it's OK to poke fun at a certain sector of the population as long as you're a member, and he maintains that gay and lesbian groups praise the "Men on Film" segments of his "In Living Color" TV series.

As the article notes (in discussing the black community's view of Wayans' comedy) the producer and director of "In Living Color" are both white. In meeting with Fox TV, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that more than 60% of his writing staff is white.

Also, where is the justification for the gay portrayals? There has been no identification of gay or lesbian writers, producers, etc.

As a member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, I would certainly like to hear from any gay or lesbian organization that appreciates Wayans' misogynistic, overly sexual "Men on Film."

SHAWN GRIFFIN

Los Angeles

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