John Waters: Sun made a mistake in reassigning Sragow

September 15, 2011

I am amazed that The Baltimore Sun is letting Mike Sragow leave his position as main film writer. All a medium size city can do today to compete with the big national newspapers is to cover local news well, and The Sun does do that in politics, crime and sports. Why not entertainment? As a home delivery subscriber and a reader online when I am traveling, it is important for me to keep abreast of what is happening in my hometown of Baltimore and how local media responds.

I have written before about the baffling and irritating editorial decision to use an out of town film critic to review first run movies when they open here. I don't read The Sun to discover how a film is received in Chicago, I read to see how it will play in Baltimore. Mr. Sragow is a first-rate critic with a national reputation who was brought to Baltimore with great fanfare, and the film-going community here has been well served in the past by his well written and intelligent, humorous, unpretentious take on movies, film festivals and the local Baltimore movie scene. Each month it seems his duties were lessened for reasons that were unfathomable to me, and now even his blog is being discontinued? What a stupid editorial decision and one that leaves the filmmaking community in Baltimore impoverished. Give Mr. Sragow back his position as film critic and blogger.

John Waters, Baltimore

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