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.
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i was very upset with thing about the jonas brothers part today! you just crushed millions of girls hearts do you know that?? a ton of girls (me to) love kevin! KEVIN IS OUR FAV. nick and joe are there to but kevin. if you know how much he is doing for the band you would know. if there was no him there would be NO jonas brothers. alot of girls and i were crying this morning and everyday because of the hate that people have for kevin jonas. it is horrible what if we starting saying all this stuff about you huhh?? how you feel. even with all this he still is on that stage every night rockin' out for US! HE is the one that loves us fans. HE always thanks us! and to see so much hate for him breaks my heart! i am a 13 year old girl. and i cant stand when people talk about other people that i love. so you can see that there is alot of hate for him and ya'll don't even care! he could be at collage or doing his own thing now! but by helping his brothers this has turned into a HUGE thing!!! i am going to stop now! becoase i am in tears already ! so i hope you get the picture!
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omg. i cant freaking belive the WASHINGTON POST! would write something like that about the amazing, gorgeous, and talented kevin jonas.
i thought you guys would be way higher than all of that crap.
if it werent for kevin, there would be NO JONAS BROTHERS.
they are an amazing band and all three are just as talented and gorgeous as the next.
i hope you enjoy all of the hatemail.
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Sydney sent the following message:
how could you be so rude! Kevin Jonas may not be as good looking as Joe and Nick, but if there was no Kevin, there would be no jonas brothers! That's horrible that anyone would publish something so cruel and mean! It's not just adults who read the washington post, there's LOTS of jonas fans too!
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Julia sent the following message:
You do not have the right to criticize someone you don't even know! That's not right. That's biased. Ever heard the expression "Don't judge a book by its cover?" That DEFINATELY applies here. I bet if you were forced to spend a day with the Jonas Brothers, or just Kevin, you'd find out he's one of the sweetest, nicest guys around. So please stop hating on him. I thought only teenagers did that, but you're a grown man. GROW UP!