|The Mail Chauvinist|
As always, I've been inviting you to send me your e-mails and tell me what you think of LIZZLAND, what should be added, what should be changed, and so forth. So as a public service, I have taken the opportunity to reprint selected e-mails on this page. These are e-mails which show a significant life of intelligence on the mailers' behalf, and of course, the inevitable hate mail.
The first stack of e-mails deal with something that has proven to be a problem to many who viewed this site. See, when this site first started, I was using the following GIF as wallpaper to most of the pages in this site:
This is a great website- I've enjoyed reading about Lizz. She's a very
intelligent and witty woman, and I look forward to seeing her in future
projects. It's unfortunate that she felt forced to resign from a show she
created. I've noticed that it's an all male writing staff now, and it's
not as funny as it used to be. Not that men aren't funny, they are, but
Lizz was clearly a cut above the rest. I'm sorry I missed the prom
segment- it sounds hilarious, and I'd love to hear some of those Kilborn
horror stories her date mentioned- I'm surprised Kilborn even went.
And here's an e-mail from Nicholas Johnston titled "HTML Hell"... (though I argued with myself over whether or not it should be strewn into my hate-mail bag):
Your LIZZLAND site is unarguably one of the worst sites I have ever seen. Please, for the love of god, read a style guide and get rid of some of those damn banners so the next person who stumbles through looking for info on Kilborn (the greatest man on TV) isn't subjected to 10 minutes of purgatory while your pages loads.
Just a thought;
Just recently after receiving this letter, I have moved banners that usually were on the top of the page, and moved them to the bottom, with the rest of the banners. This way, the content of the pages load easier and a bit faster. If you want to find out why I have so many banners up, click here. It's a question in our FAQ.
Yet another borderline mail from Brad Bailey:
Understand first that I am a big supporter and avid follower of Lizz
Winstead's; I would not have landed on your "Lizzland" site if I wasn't
interested in finding out why she disappeared from The Daily Show, and
what her next projects might be, and getting more information about her
previous work, background, philosophies, etc.
I agree with you that one day Lizz will get the following that she deserves, just like other comedians such as Seinfeld, Romano and Leary, to name a few. They would be nowhere, had they no HBO comedy specials or sitcoms or feature films. But until the day when Lizz embarks on her first major project, the best I can offer is LIZZLAND. And while I know some might send me hate mail and try to get me down, I never let those who think I am going too far and/or believe I'm trying to distort her reputation get the best of me. I just tell them, that's not the purpose of LIZZLAND. This is only a fan site. KOAM.COM is an example of an excellent fan site. The guy who runs the site is a huge Howard Stern fan, yet he manages his site, day in and day out, without distorting Howard's image... just like this website is not meant to distort Lizz's image. If Lizz really had a problem with this site, she would instruct me on way I can change this website, if in fact, it had something that perturbed her, or the other option, which would be to discontinue it. I don't plan on discontinuing this website for any reason other than I'll be moving out of the country and not coming back. But while I'm here, my mission in cyberspace is to bring you up-to-date on what's happening with Lizz. That's really all LIZZLAND is about. So don't come at me saying I'm trying to milk faint praise for her (btw this e-mail was titled "Faint Praise"). We are here for Lizz Winstead's fans, now and forever.
This mail comes from Ward Smith:
I am but a lowly, obscure comedian. I have been at it for about 10 years and remember seeing Lizz when I was working in the Miny Apple. CAn't remember the club, but Lizz did a guest set the night I was booked killed. I had to follow her-which was tough. As she fully knows, Lutheran's don't give it up too easily. My folks are from St.Paul and went to U of M too. Dad started at WCCO.
Anyway, since that time i have alwas held her in the highest regards
as a true original.
(Another message, same guy, sent exactly one minute later...)
I"m such a dope. I forgot to mention that MILO was brilliant!!
Perhaps the most enlightening e-mail I've received yet comes from a fellow named Steven Gormley:
Finally Lizz Winstead is generating the following she deserves. It was a pleasure going to Lizzland. I must confess Lizz Winstead and I have been dear friends for nearly 10 years. I met her during her days as a young comic in New York. She is exceptionally talented and an equally exceptional human being. She has handled herself and her career with grace and strength. Please let me know how you became fans and let me know how I can learn more about you. Thanks-
At this point she's working on a few projects. Until they surface, this website is the best I can do to keep up the spirit of her followers. And, hey, if she gets a sitcom or a movie, imagine how the following will grow!
Of course, not ALL the mail I receive in response to this site is on the plus side...
"Eric B." (any relation to the hip-hop duo Eric B. and Rakim, perhaps?) has this drivel to deliver...
A Lizz Winstead fan?
Your joking right?
Or you are Lizz probably...
I have news for you. Lizz is a Cunt, and Kilborn is a dick. They were a perfect team. Thank God we don't have to sit thru those sorry ass Jeapordy questions from her mom anymore...
P.S. Lucien says Hi...(email@example.com)
No, I am NOT Lizz herself. Mind you, Lizz has probably more important things to do right now to get back into the media rather than run a site about herself and do nothing.
And while I agree Kilborn is a dick for what he did, there is no sense in calling Lizz a "Cunt" (nonetheless adding more insult to injury by capitalizing the word!). She is going through tough times, and I'm sure she'd be pleased as punch to see your e-mail, Eric.
As for the Jeopardy (excuse me, "Jeapordy") questions bit that ran for a year, it proved that you can work your family into the atmosphere of the production of your show in one way or another, and have fun in the process.
And who is Lucien, anyway?
At any rate, maybe this e-mail was meant to force me to mouth off at this guy, but I realize why this e-mail was sent to me at such a specific time of year.
It was sent on April 1st.
That's right, April Fool's Day.
In the meantime, for anybody else with a higher I.Q. and could actually understand and appreciate Lizz Winstead (unlike those poor excuses for a human being above), feel free to send me your thoughts at:
Subject: Lizzland is Kilber... er...Killer!! - RST (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What a nice surprise to find a site dedicated to such a brilliant woman. She will be sorely missed at TDS (as will Ginny) but I'm sure there is plenty left to be heard from her.
I have to be honest with you though, now that the dust has settled on the whole "himbo" remarks thing, I wonder if Lizz took the CK remarks too seriously. Is it a possibility that he was just extending the smug nature of the "character" of haughty news reader. Some say Craig is like this in real life, but I don't think it matters. From the minute I read the article, I assumed it was tongue-in-cheek.
Why is it that the most brilliant and edgy comedy writers are so hyper-sensitive when they are the subject of what was clearly a joke.
Say what you want about Craiggers, it's pretty clear he is irreplaceable, and after a rough couple of weeks, TDS has recovered. Come back Lizz.
I think she would have responded better if similar remarks were made about her by a woman.
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