A letter that Fiona Apple wrote to a fan in support of his gay-straight alliance back in 2000 just hit the internet this week, and it’s every bit as sincere and poetic as you expect it to be.
Perhaps inspired by the recent resurgence in interest in her following her comeback shows and announcement of a new album, the now-grown-up blogger Bill Magee posted a letter he received from her as a 16-year-old high school student to his blog. By way of introduction, he says that he met her briefly before a show and handed her a letter asking her to write something in support of his school’s gay-straight alliance. “Quite frankly, 16-year-old me was much more interested in interacting with a celebrity than building an alliance between gays and straights,” he wrote, “but Fiona took me at my word and wrote me this really sweet letter. The show was on a Friday, and I got this via FedEx the following Tuesday, and she even apologizes for it taking so long. For much of the 12 years that have passed since these events transpired, this has been the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me.” Aw! Here’s the letter she sent him:
Here’s the text of the letter:
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
How beautiful and sincere and poetic and Fiona Apple-y is that??? Things like this make me happy she’s finally coming back on the scene, because she’s always struck me as an honest and wonderful person, even when she makes mistakes. Everyone be nice to her this time around, okay? (That means you, record company.) I don’t want her to disappear on us again.
(Via Bill Magee)