Letters to the Editor: Stop the gossip on Bruce Willis’ decline. Let him have his dignity
To the editor: The next “Die Hard” movie I see will be the first. Until your article about Bruce Willis’ apparent cognitive decline before his recent aphasia diagnosis, I didn’t even know he still made movies. (“Concerns about Bruce Willis’ declining cognitive state swirled around sets in recent years,” March 30)
So my comments are not those of a fan, just of a reader who wonders exactly when the The Times morphed from a serious practitioner of journalism into a trashy tabloid reveling in the decline of a public figure. Dishing the excruciating details of his diminished mental health was a prurient breach of privacy that could only further corrode his dignity and that of his family.
There’s a story here, and a good, if sad, one. But The Times chose to take the low road in telling it. You should be ashamed.
Ellen Alperstein, Palm Desert
To the editor: My family deeply appreciates the sad announcement by Willis’ family of his devastating aphasia diagnosis.
For several years, a member of my family has been grappling with this terrible disease, which has turned an esteemed university professor into a dependent child. So little is known or understood about aphasia caused by neurological illness, so I am grateful to the Willis family for bringing it to the nation’s attention.
Perhaps their brave move will result in greater awareness and, hopefully, will lead to more in-depth research into this shattering, challenging disease.
Trish Taylor, Redwood City, Calif.
To the editor: After reading your story in Willis, I want to commend Randall Emmett, Matt Eskandari and Stephen J. Eads for refusing to comment on the actor’s behavior on set in recent times.
I think they showed great respect in preserving Willis’ dignity as he struggles with this horrible disorder. The Times should take a cue from them.
Susan L. Beckmen, Buellton