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Reader Mail: EDM Culture Is Poisoned

PLUR Warrior

Can't handle the beads: Everything about the article about Lady Casa and her move to bring "peace, love, unity, and respect" to EDM ("Kandi Kulture," Ben Westhoff, September 18) shows why our culture will never be taken seriously as a youth movement. Or maybe I'm just bitter because I can't rock a pair of glittery booty shorts. Miss Unplur

Bad role model: I'm sure this girl is nice and all, but this isn't Neverland. Some of us have grown up. And not all of us grew up with as much money. Also, I've never heard of her until the last year or two. The rave scene has been evolving here for many years (including more than 14 years of enjoying electronic music for me). If she is the "Queen of the Ravers," it's a self-proclaimed title. Girls who like her clothes and men who just like to watch her parade around half-naked shouldn't be allowed to decide she's a voice for the community. She's in Vegas now, in the land of go-go dancers. No one is gonna pay her special attention just because she says namaste. Seriously, there is something wrong with America when this is the type of person we choose to idolize. You preach peace with actions, not your tits. Gaby Snow

Not exactly blue collar jobs: Lady Casa is living in a fantasy world. She's looking to become a professional rave dancer? Good luck paying those bills in the real world. And she has a boyfriend who makes "raver bracelets"? Come on! Randy Pardo

Badly written yet illuminating: This article is poorly written and choppy. In any reasonable editorial there would be some saving grace for this self-proclaimed heroine (pun intended) leading all of these perpetually lost souls. Fortunately, New Times keeps it real and makes this young woman look like the lunatic she actually is. Oh, to be a 26-year-old rich girl from Key Biscayne telling crowds of mostly drugged-up teens and 20-somethings about the ways of life. I guess it would make sense, because she practices yoga. But then I take offense to this because I too practice yoga. As for the idea of EDM having a saving grace: No. EDM and its dangerous festivals cannot be saved by one lunatic with a catch phrase. However, kudos to New Times for illuminating this disparaging representative and demonstrating how really batshit crazy someone can be. Rachel R. Levy Lewis


Cuban Conundrum

Show me the money: I can't believe a former Versailles cashier is suing over a relationship she had with the owner ("Versailles Scandal," Laine Doss, September 18) when she was well aware of her actions. Now she sues because she was tossed to the side like a used, dirty rag? I can guarantee that if he'd had her set up in a plush penthouse in South Beach, we would be hearing zilch about a lawsuit. This will most likely settle out of court. It's always about the money! Sara Bonilla

Don't blame the victim: Have you all lost your marbles? Versailles is a workplace just like any other office. If these allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct are true, they are disgusting. The majority of Miamians are uneducated, ignorant people, so it's no shock people are blaming the victim in this case. Juny Lee

Too typical: Sadly, most men in South Florida treat women like they can buy them. A police officer propositioned me last week. I declined to give him a moral lecture because I'm just grossed out. I hope the owner at least washed his hands after these affairs before he made the empanadas. Kelly Anne LeSal


Stitches Did What?

All for the camera: Of course there just happened to be someone filming in that Palm Beach club when Miami rapper Stitches imploded onstage after his wife started screaming at him about a cocaine stunt ("Stitches Ditches," Allie Conti, September 18). They were filming for a documentary about violence, so of course he's showing his ass off. It was all for the damn camera for sure. sapphireking

What happens without talent: Publicity stunts are necessary when the music doesn't stand on its own. Anyway, good luck in your career, Stitches. Rose Winebrenner

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