Travolta slammed by gay rights over Hairspray

John Travolta has been branded a hypocrite by gay rights activists furious his cross-dressing role in cult musical Hairspray is at odds with his religious beliefs.

The star dons womens-wear to play Edna Tumblad in the film, originally played by drag queen Divine in John Waters' 1988 adaptation.

However, Kevin Naff of gay website Blade believes the Pulp Fiction actor's involvement with the movie is disingenuous.

He says: "Travolta, a prominent Scientologist, has no business for reprising an iconic gay role.

"It's well known that Scientology rejects gays and lesbians as members and even operates reparative therapy clinics to 'cure' homosexuality.

"Divine is spinning in his grave."

More in this Section

For the first time ever Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is leaving Dublin and coming to a theatre near you

Robbie Brady and wife Kerrie announce exciting baby news

Piers Morgan gets pied in the face amid baby carrier debate

Hug for Harry as five-year-old Luke steals the show

More From The Irish Examiner