Madonna and John Cameron Mitchell | Photo: Interscope/HBO
John Cameron Mitchell, the creator of Hedwig and the Angry Itch, has come out as a non-Madonna fan. And he’s done so in rather explosive fashion.
The writer and actor criticised Madonna’s support for LGBTIs and HIV/AIDS advocacy as ‘kind of appropriation’ in a new interview.
He furthermore added: ‘I see no soul there.’
The star, whose acting credits include HBO’s Girls, was speaking to IndieWire when he made the comments.
‘It’s all about herself’
‘There was a time in the early ’80s when if you were gay you had to decide whether you were a Cyndi Lauper or a Madonna person,’ he said. ‘And there was no question for me.’
‘I see no soul there, and it’s all about herself,’ Mitchell then added.
He continued: ‘I appreciate that she spoke up about AIDS and queer people, but there was also a kind of appropriation. I don’t know.
‘I feel like she’s a user. [People] see a sort of desperation in her. She’s trying to remain relevant.’
He went on to say: ‘I don’t like her music. [People say:] “But she’s a feminist.” I was like, “Why? Because she bullies people?” She’s been mean to people.’