Letters: Rev. Wright and Gays; Long Duk Dong A listener corrects the record on Reverend Jeremiah Wright's support for the gay community. There's also reaction to a profile of the Sixteen Candles character, Long Duk Dong.
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Letters: Rev. Wright and Gays; Long Duk Dong

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Letters: Rev. Wright and Gays; Long Duk Dong

Letters: Rev. Wright and Gays; Long Duk Dong

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A listener corrects the record on Reverend Jeremiah Wright's support for the gay community. There's also reaction to a profile of the Sixteen Candles character, Long Duk Dong.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Now, some of your comments about yesterday's program.

We start with an e-mail from Jason Carlson(ph) of Evanston, Illinois, who writes: In your story regarding Obama's attempts to register voters in Pennsylvania, a man said that he would not vote for Barack Obama due to his connection to Jeremiah Wright and Wright's anti-gay comments.

Well, Mr. Carlson points out to us, there are no such anti-gay comments. And he continues: Reverend Wright has supported the ordination of gay clergy, started one of the first AIDS ministries on the south side of Chicago, and even started a singles group for gay and lesbian members of his Trinity Church.

For our series, In Character, we profile Long Duk Dong from the 1984 comedy, "Sixteen Candles."

Greg Lim(ph) of Austin, Texas, writes that as an Asian American, he hated the character. I melted with dismay then seized with rage over the incessantly cackling, ridiculously clad, socially retarded, romantically inept, can't-hold-his-liquor Asian buffoon, calling himself - of all things - the Donger in an accent so over-the-top, it might as well have been created by a focus group comprising all the bullies I had ever known.

But Catherine Snyder(ph) writes from Charlotte, North Carolina. Give me a break, every character in "Sixteen Candles" was a stereotype. The Donger knew how to have fun and wasn't at all self-conscious, unlike many high school kids.

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