Dixie Chicks ban earns Lipton a boycott

Bravo to Wendy Melillo for her column about free speech and the Dixie Chicks [A&C, May 5]. I could not agree more.

In fact, just last Friday I sent an e-mail to Lipton to inform them I would no longer buy any Lipton products because “I could not support a company that did not believe in one of our most important freedoms … the freedom of speech.”

Thank you for speaking for what I believe may be a silent majority. I’ve talked to many people who feel we’ve lost this important right.

Keep up the good work.

Linda Mann
Adjunct assistant professor of journalism and mass communication
Point Park College

For the Record: The music in BBDO’s “Hot Tub” spot for Diet Pepsi is “Rock Me Tonight” by Freddie Jackson, not “Rock With You” by Teddy Pendergrass. Also, BBDO previously used a mulching joke in a spot for Tostitos Gold, not Doritos [Critique, April 28]. Stuart Ewen, who was quoted in a story on subliminal advertising [Creative, March 31], is professor and director of the MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College in New York.

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