sent to a celebrity
that is published in a public forum
, rather than simply mailed
. Open letters are almost always editorial
s about a recent action
taken by the 'recipient' that the writer finds objectionable
. They also tend to degenerate
into ad hominem attack
s poorly disguised
. These open letters tend to get published in forums that have never been visited by the 'recipient'.
When done well, an open letter can goad a response out of the recipient that would otherwise not be forthcoming.