Cyndi Lauper Is Kind Of a Jerk

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"Do you know anything about me?" Cyndi Lauper aggressively questioned me last week over the telephone. I was, needless to say, taken aback, confused, sort of desperate to see where the conversation had gone wrong even though we'd only been on the phone two minutes.

[This article originally appeared in our sister paper, the Broward New Times.]

Before the call, I was, as a child of the '80s and a big fan of gay rights, excited to speak with the greatest advocate of girls having fun. After the call, "fun" and "Cyndi Lauper" just don't go hand in lace-gloved hand for me anymore.

At first, I thought that maybe it was because I started out the interview by stepping out of the bounds of music-talk that forced it in a weird direction. I asked about John Boehner's comments on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act; it affects the LGBT community, one with which Lauper works closely.

But once she derided me, it became clear that simply she just wasn't the most gracious interviewee. And by that, I mean she was kind of a bully who made me feel pea-sized for no apparent reason.

Though the first question didn't go well, I simply cackled oddly, and moved on to the next, asking how she personally relates to the gay community -- as a straight woman. Possibly my query wasn't clear; I was asking about empathy. But that's when she figuratively punched me in the gut: "Do you know anything about me?" She asked offensively. When I tried to respond, she asked again: "No! Do you know anything about me?" My eyes crossed with frustration.

Then she gave an actual response: "through friends and family." I, horrified, spent like a minute clarifying that I did indeed know about the True Colors Fund, but was looking for something a little deeper from her on this topic.

"I'm always empathetic to the underdog," she said. Funny, 'cause as the interviewer, the female music editor, I felt at a disadvantage speaking with this pop superstar, and zero empathy.

She chilled out chatting about the True Colors Fund and its Forty to None project, which works with gay and transgendered homeless youth. "We try now to educate people and also educate them about different programs that bring families together so they can discuss issues before the kids run away or are thrown out," Lauper said. "A lot of times the kids are bullied, and a lot of times the kids go to shelters and are rejected," adding, "we have some wonderful people working for us, and there's a big, fat light at the end of that tunnel."

She spoke in length about the topics of abuse, education and discrimination. I asked her about penning Kinky Boots, if she used writing that as a creative outlet to deal with some of the social issues she's working on. This got her a little annoyed. I mean, what an annoying question, right? "Kinky Boots is about family and people, and it's not just about someone who dresses in women's clothing," she said. Straight men do too, she schooled me.

Lauper was about to come to town with the She's So Unusual tour, which involved her sharing stories from the stage. When asked how she chose the tales, she said they change a little with each performance, "because I hate doing the same thing all the time." She noted, "I try to make them funny... Everyone seems to love this album, so this was my gift back to my fans."

But at her recent show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, she wasn't telling funny stories from the stage. Our writer David Von Bader attended and relayed quite a different message. "As an artist doing a tour to celebrate the legacy of an album that meant a lot to fans, It's really unfortunate that Lauper would spend so much of the show stifling their excitement," he observed. She told fans to "shut the fuck up" when they burst out in excitement during her stories about the history of the album. She yelled at people taking photos.


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17 comments
ksgfield
ksgfield

Do you know her??? Sounds like a, "No."

ahume
ahume

Perhaps the writer of this blog post is a jerk. I am a gay man, so listen up Liz Tracy

First of all, honey, inserting your political views about John Boehner's comments on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act just makes you look like you don't give a single crap other than spewing hatred against the people  who don't bow down to your beliefs.  DO NOT put a person like her on the spot to take sides, be it left or right.  DO NOT force people into your personal war or drama.  Some of us can think beyond our own politics and see everyone as human beings.  So Cindi is correct, you don't know her, clearly.

THE GAY COMMUNITY NEEDS BETTER LEADERS, not people like you, Liz,who cannot carry on a conversation without crapping on whomever doesn't share the same  'who I hate person of the day' opinion.

Cindi Lauper should have told you to go to she-bop yourself for wasting her time when there are homeless people and  gay and lesbians youth without a place to sleep at night.  Call Chris Matthews if you need to a brainless bestie.  Cindi Lauper is a class act.   

DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME AS A GAY MAN.  EVER.  DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE GAY COMMUNITY BECAUSE YOU DO US HARM.  SHAME ON YOU.


Lydia Abigail
Lydia Abigail

Honestly the interviewer asked dumb questions and didn't do enough research. CL has a gay sibling, that's why she got so involved in the lgbt community. Sounds like the reporter needs to put more effort into her work and bitch a little less about people who notice her laziness.

Manny Castillo
Manny Castillo

Well looks like the Apple didnt fall too far from the big Apple.. (see the apple above)

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

she was on celebrity apprentice a few years ago and she came off like a total see you next tuesday.

Laura Astorian
Laura Astorian

Wow, just go on and confirm that stereotype then. Well done.

Lisa Apple
Lisa Apple

Small minded people lays think New Yorkers are jerks - right back at you stupid red necked Hoosiers

Marc 'Moose' Moder
Marc 'Moose' Moder

Oh yes. Have had 3 working interactions with her and all 3 were negative. She's a downright mean drunk. The last meet and greet I did with her ended up with fans almost in tears at how cruel she was to them.

Mike McHugh
Mike McHugh

oh my goodness, a multimillionaire pop star felt that an interview with Fort Lauderdale's most esteemed alt-weekly was beneath her and decided to steamroll a thin-skinned interviewer? better fire up MS Word and turn up the meekness to 11, because Ms Lauper's about to get tsk-tsked likes she's never been tsk-ed before!

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

I noticed that she was "high-maintenance" when she was on Celebrity Apprentice. It was a relief when she finally got "fired." She caused a lot of tension on her team.

Speaker222
Speaker222

@ahume "Honey"... a gay misogynist. Nicely done. And if you love Ms. Lauper so much, you should learn how to spell her first name.

ahume
ahume

@Lydia Abigail Rodenberg I agree completely.  This interviewer, Liz  Tracy, or whomever, is clueless.    Cindi should have told the interviewer to " to shut the f*ck up"

ahume
ahume

@Steve Mincer Yes, because people who open shelters for the homeless and do selfless acts of kindness are 'see you ned tuesdays'  Great observation.

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