Question: I'm assuming you wouldn't have any problem publishing and blithely answering any of these questions, either:

There is a series of revolting TV commercials for Black Man Frozen Dinners that use grossly dark-skinned men telling each other what they ate for dinner the night before. I wondered if Big Time's Steve Harvey is one of the two guys in the locker room (wearing just towels — yuck!).

Or:

There is a series of revolting TV commercials for Jewish Man Frozen Dinners that use grossly Semitic men telling each other what they ate for dinner the night before. I wondered if Seinfeld's Jason Alexander is one of the two guys in the locker room (wearing just towels — yuck!).

I assume by now even you get the idea. By the way, did you know that most of America is overweight? As in most of your readers? In the future, keep your bigotry private. Thanks. — Kurt, New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: Even I get the idea, Kurt. In fact, it only took one of the string of examples you sent, but I ran two to emphasize the point and cut the rest. (And in case anyone's wondering what he's referring to, Kurt's upset about the second question in my Feb. 3 column.)

Though I think the fact that you immediately came in with guns blazing and are perfectly comfortable making an assumption about my readers' body types (and about what's going on my head) says a little about your own mindset, you're right. The way the question was phrased and my initial joke were insensitive, so point taken, and I apologize to anyone who was offended.

That said, it was a lapse in judgment on my part, not bigotry. I prefer to think of myself as occasionally lunkheaded rather than mean-spirited and would appreciate the benefit of the doubt. Thanks.