There’s a difference

In response to the March 6 “Lighten up on first lady at the Oscars,” I do believe there’s a big difference between an appearance at the Olympics and an appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony.

I loved the tongue-in-cheek parody that opened the 2012 Olympic Games. I don’t think I need to point out the differences between a figurehead queen and the wife of one of the world’s most influential leaders.

Yes, I do believe this can be an issue for this country to debate and deserves space in our American newspapers. When is an appearance by a world figure (and, yes, Michelle Obama does command a seat on the world stage) at a self-acknowledged liberal show like the Oscars not up for debate?

No, it’s not earth-shattering, and perhaps not even substantive news, but I think it bears a discussion or two. Even on the front page.

Janet Langland


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