Regarding "Comic Salve for Thin Skins" (editorial, Sept. 26) and Steve Lopez's Sept. 27 column, "Patrons at Real-Life Barbershop Have No Problem With Movie," let me be quick to say that this is not a call for censorship or a boycott, but a call for sensitivity. I am not calling for a boycott of the movie "Barbershop." My only concern is about the issue of dignity.
I enjoy good comedy. I have long enjoyed the humor of a diverse group of individuals, from Redd Foxx to Pigmeat Markham. I enjoy the comedy of Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Steve Harvey just as I enjoy Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and David Letterman. However, the disparaging references in "Barbershop" to Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. crossed the line from comedy to tragedy and from fun to insults.
Today, I hear people of all ages refer to the civil rights movement in the past tense. This is not a generation gap. This is an information gap. Civil rights is not a "was" issue, a struggle that took place "back then." It is not something that should be relegated to history. It is as current as Donovan Jackson getting his head slammed onto the hood of a car in Inglewood.