In "Nothing funny about sex jokes in today's films" (Feb. 22), Chris Hicks writes: " ... judging from ... movies, cheap and cheesy sex gags still rank as the favorite comic devices of the 21st century, the chosen weapons from the arsenal of desperate filmmakers."

There is nothing inherently funny about sex. True humor requires true intellect to write, a quality clearly lacking in most Hollywood comedy writers. Long before "hip" actors came on the scene and special effects replaced engaging stories, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Gleason, Burns and Allen, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, Red Skelton, Dick Van Dyke and their writers displayed their clean, comedic genius.

Current writers pander to the current tastes of the TV-watching and movie-going public. If comedy continues to be banal and crass, the real fault lies with those who consume it.

Michael R. Loveridge

Salt Lake City