John Travolta’s turn as Edna Turnblad in the upcoming remake of Hairspray, a role originated by departed gay icon Divine, has at least one prominent gay man fuming. Says Kevin Naff of the gay paper the Washington Blade:
"Travolta, a prominent Scientologist, has no business reprising an iconic gay role, given his [religion’s] stance on gay issues. It’s well known that Scientology rejects gays and lesbians as members and even operates reparative therapy clinics to ‘cure’ homosexuality."
Of course, there have always been rumors that Travolta took up Scientology for that very reason: to "cure" his rumored gayness. Maybe putting on a dress and acting like a woman for an entire film is just another adventure in reparative therapy for John? [MSNBC]