I’m as pissed off about the casting of John Travolta in the role of Edna Turnblad in the new Hairspray movie as any John Waters fan. Perhaps more so; I credit Waters and Divine as two people that helped me with coming to terms with my own sexuality and being proud of letting my freak flag fly. I’m still wondering why the hell Harvey Fierstein isn’t in the role, but wev. There is no replacement for Divine.
But this? This is just fucking infuriating.
John Travolta says that gay-rights folks who are looking to boycott “Hairspray” don’t know what they’re talking about.
The 1988 version of the film is a cult classic in which late drag queen Divine plays the role that Travolta has in the 2007 flick.
“Travolta, a prominent Scientologist, has no business reprising an iconic gay role, given his [religion’s] stance on gay issues,” notes Kevin Naff, managing editor of the Washington Blade, who has been spearheading the call for a boycott.
“There is nothing gay in this movie,” Travolta told the London Times on-line. “I’m not playing a gay man.” Besides, the actor insists, Scientology isn’t anti-gay, despite numerous reports that it seeks to “cure” homosexuality.
Okay, I’ll say this slowly so you can understand this.
Hairspray is a movie written by a gay man. The role you are playing was originated by a gay man. The film and the musical are camp. It may not have any openly gay characters in it, but that does not make it a “straight” film. You haven’t the slightest clue what you’re talking about. As an actor in a remake of a remake, you do not get to say what this film is.
Hairspray is gayer than a leather daddy singing “I Will Survive” at Karaoke night at The Manhole.
Just shut up and collect your paycheck, Travolta. You’re not worthy to wear Divine’s tits. Go release a thetan and shut the fuck up.