- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Still squirming
"Well, my father is African-American and Venezuelan, and my mother is Irish-American. When they married, my mother's family disowned her. My parents faced incredible discrimination. Someone poisoned their dog, someone torched their house. They split because they couldn't take the pressure. And I never felt like I fit in. I was too white for the black kids, too ethnic for the whites. It shaped who I am.
"I saw this movie recently. I can't remember what it was, but it showed an interracial love story. And I swear, you could feel people in the audience squirming. I don't think very much has changed in 30 years. I think it's still the one thing that people don't feel comfortable with.
"When I was a little girl, I remember hearing the most insensitive things. People would say things about me as if I was deaf or stupid. And believe me, it would cut me to the bone. But please let me stop whining. I hate that woe-is-me crap."
—singer Mariah Carey, interviewed by Martha Frankel, in the August issue of Movieline

Byline bias
"The media has a pro-abortion, not a 'pro-choice' bias. 'Pro-choice' is an adjective best reserved for people who find abortion personally distasteful, even repulsive, but wouldn't want to prevent others from having that choice. 'Pro-abortion' defines advocates or reporters who not only believe women have the choice of abortion, but that society has a duty to provide this social good as widely as possible.
"Many doctors feel that abortion violates their Hippocratic oath to do no harm. Many women who consider abortion now see a first-trimester sonogram and find abortion unthinkable. Many insurers won't subsidize abortions, which are lifestyle choices instead of medical necessities. Many religious believers find taking the lives of the unborn to be one of the most egregious sins. Many of these people will never be interviewed by reporters who give to Planned Parenthood at the office with a byline."
—Tim Graham, writing on "Pity Pages," July 5 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Actress ambition
"Filmmaking is a collaborative process. I have things to add, and whether someone chooses me to use them is their prerogative. I have earned the right to have an opinion, so when people don't listen to me, I get a little [angry].
"I've been very calculated from the beginning about the career trajectory I want to have. Holly Hunter, Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand, Susan Sarandon — these are the women I want to emulate. I avoided the whole teen-movie thing, because I want to be in this business for more than two years, and I made conscious decisions not to do exploitative things, because they didn't feel right to me.
"I used to be much more competitive, caught up in why so-and-so got that job and I didn't. I had to let it go, because it's all so arbitrary and never very personal. You have to be cool with what's yours, and I've got mine, and what's mine is good.
"What's so cool about Julia Roberts is that she created her own happiness. Nobody made Julia Roberts a star. When people said she was just pretty or not a very good actor, she broke down the stereotypes and believed in herself. That's the kind of tenacity I think it takes to succeed. I want to do things on my own terms. I want to be one of those people who lasts in people's minds. That sounds so narcissistic and awful, right? I don't mean it that way. But I don't want to have once been The Skinniest Girl in Hollywood."
—Reese Witherspoon, interviewed by Matthew Rolston in the August issue of Premiere

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