Parade Magazine is Tacky

As I’ve noted in the past, I enjoy reading the Sunday paper. The most I look at the paper during the week is over lunch, and that’s because me and my lunchmates work the crossword puzzle, wordy gurdy, jumble and cryptoquip. Sundays? I glance over nearly every page and then continue on to the comics, coupons, etc.

Today, as I was starting on number 7 from my list, Parade Magazine, I nearly chocked on my Mint Chocolate Chip Pop-Tart. The thing I enjoy the most in Parade is the Personality Parade. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s (usually) the first page of the magazine that prints “letters” from “readers” asking about their favorite stars and theur current whereabouts.

Translation: The celebs listed in these “letters” have a new project to promote, so let’s get their names in the media as much as we can.

Well, I thought today’s Personality Parade (will be updated on Tuesday to have the full text) had a giant slap in the face:

For those who can’t read blurry text from a digital photo, this is what it says:

Question: As a big fan of Westerns, I’m curious: Which actors were the best riders?
—Connie Dillon, Wichita, Kan.

Answer: “I’d rate Robert Duvall, John Wayne and Slim Pickens as among the best,” says T.J. Bews, who provided horses for Brokeback Mountain. “Heath Ledger was excellent. Jake Gyllenhaal was a novice but came along pretty well. And I worked with Christopher Reeve in 1993. He was a very good rider.”

Yes, this is the same Christopher Reeve that became a quadriplegic due to being thrown off a horse.

I don’t know what Parade was saying, but I didn’t find it very tactful. I suppose that Parade wanted to make the point that Reeve WAS a good rider, at one time. Tsk tsk.

+ original post date: August 20, 2006 10:59 AM
+ categories: Pop Culture, WTF


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I heard ol'Superman was a better rider AFTER the accident. Especially when you consider that guiding a horse by a stick in your mouth is remarkably hard. Beat that Heath Ledger! And guiding Jake Gyllenhaal around by your own stick doesn't count.

+ author: The Dude
+ posted: August 24, 2006 03:01 PM

I know this is a late posting but Jill & I had this same discussion this weekend. Most of the answers to the "questions" could be found if someone took the time to visit Example from this week: "Has Andy Rooney ever received any honors?" Point one: look it up on the interlex. Point two: who cares?

Next regarding the tactless answers -- they can be in response to tactless questions...Again from Parade this week: "Barbra Streisand has gained some weight. Why has she let herself go?"
Are you kidding? And again why would a reader care enough to write?

+ author: Lacy
+ posted: September 17, 2006 04:56 PM

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