They Love Kevin Jonas! The Pop Critic, Not So Much.

Kevin Jonas, co-hosting MTV's "TRL," has legions of devotees, many of whom wrote to praise his talent and looks.
Kevin Jonas, co-hosting MTV's "TRL," has legions of devotees, many of whom wrote to praise his talent and looks. (By Evan Agostini -- Associated Press)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The in-box of The Washington Post's pop music critic, J. Freedom du Lac, was reduced to smoldering cinders yesterday, flamed by e-mails from readers angry at his characterization of Kevin Jonas, eldest of the chart-topping Jonas Brothers.

In a profile of the pop group yesterday, du Lac identified the brothers as " Nick Jonas (15; the cute one), Joe Jonas (nearly 19; the hot one) and Kevin Jonas (20; the other one)." He also said Kevin "has the misfortune -- or, perhaps, the great fortune -- of being in a band with two guys who tend to overshadow him."

These words caused offense in the Jonas community.

The editors have decided that it's only fair to give the fans their say. Several of the dissenting e-mails are printed below, with unorthodox spelling and punctuation intact.

As for du Lac and his immediate supervisor, they have been chastised severely and ordered to spend the rest of the week reorganizing Bob Woodward's scrapbook.

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I and many other people took offense to the article that you wrote about the Jonas Brothers . . . because MANY people love Kevin, and he doesn't deserve to be disrespected like that. Just because he doesn't have millions of 8-year-olds chasing after him, doesn't mean that he doesn't have a sincere fan base, because he does. His true fans can see that he is funny, caring, and incredibly sweet.

He's amazing at the guitar, and if you've ever been to any of their concerts, you would know that. He spins around probably about ten times, while still playing. That takes alot of skill. He was the first of them to take up the instrument, and deserves alot of credit for getting the band started.

So don't assume that just because some of the shallow teenie boppers don't fall head over heels for him, that there aren't people who truly care about him.

i hope that you get where i'm going with this, and i'd appreciate it if in the future you could refrain from disrespecting one-third of the most amazing band in the world.

thank you,


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