John Cameron Mitchell not fond of what gay culture has become

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John Cameron Mitchell, the filmmaker that brought you Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus, doesn't like Lady Gaga or Madonna. On the surface, this seems like an average statement. But as Mitchell told The Advocate, it's downright "shocking" to some gays. Such is the reason that Mitchell no longer finds gayness to be necessarily synonymous with coolness.

“I used to think that someone being gay was enough to be cool. … So I get a little homophobic lately when I meet young people who just assume that this is what you’re supposed to be because you’re gay. It makes me feel like I’m in some sort of frat society where you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to listen to that, you’ve got to wear these clothes. … 'Gay film’ means ‘stupid kind of lame-brained date film with pecs.’ The price of assimilation is mediocrity. I think we’ve made great strides toward mediocrity."

And so forth. It seems like Mitchell — who's currently promoting his latest film Rabbit Hole, a stage-to-screen adaptation starring straight shooters Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart — has a lot to get off his chest.