To the Editor:
Daily Variety‘s editorial “Exit Stage Right” on April 30 is a prime example of Variety‘s stage-left politics and their use of the bully pulpit.
The editorial states that Mr. Heston has been treated respectfully and warmly by his colleagues in the industry.
From the time that Mr. Heston was president of SAG until this day, I have witnessed many of Mr. Heston’s colleagues exhibit not only disrespect but pure loathing for the man.
Since Michael Moore is in the industry of filmmaking and very likely a member of SAG and AFTRA he must be considered a colleague. Mr. Moore has most certainly treated Mr. Heston with much disrespect.
I find the editorial to be disrespectful by calling Mr. Heston “mindbendingly wrong-headed.”
Was Mr. Heston “wrong-headed” when he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and joined the fight for human rights? Is Mr. Heston “wrong-headed” when he stands up to protect the Constitution of the United States? The editorial champions the First Amendment, freedom of speech, but chooses to spit on and ignore the Second Amendment.
The editorial refers to the gun culture as “nuts.” This is to label the likes of Congressional Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy a “nut.” That means that Robert Stack, Tom Selleck, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and countless other law-abiding citizens who enjoy a collectible hobby, an investment opportunity, a sport, a fellowship among gun enthusiasts and the right of self-defense are “nuts.”
Clifford J. Emmerich