AceShowbiz - Actor, writer and gay activist John Cameron Mitchell has blasted Madonna, insisting the pop superstar has "no soul".
The "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" creator acknowledges the singer has supported gay rights over the years, but he insists her message is wearing thin in his community.
"I appreciate that she spoke up about AIDS and queer people, but there was also a kind of appropriation," he tells IndieWire. "I feel like she's a user. (People) see a sort of desperation in her. She's trying to remain relevant."
He adds, "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, and there was no question for me. I see no soul there, and it's all about herself."
Mitchell also slammed Britney Spears and Lady GaGa in the interview, calling the "Toxic" singer's music "blow-up doll stuff", adding it's "an even worse example of a gay icon", and claiming there's a sense of "I want to be something that already existed" about GaGa.
He adds, "Gay icons for men used to be very strong women, or women who broke the rules. I don't think it was a mistake that Stonewall (riots that sparked a gay rights movement) happened the day after Judy Garland died."