Girls Just Want to Be Rude: Why Is Cyndi Lauper So Easily Annoyed?

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"Do you know anything about me?" Cyndi Lauper aggressively questioned me a couple weeks back over the phone. 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.

Before the call, I was, as a child of the '80s and a big supporter 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 she simply 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.

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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 question 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 offended 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. We have some wonderful people working for us, and there's a big, fat light at the end of that tunnel."

She spoke at length about the topics of abuse, education, and against 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 is currently on the She's So Unusual tour (which touches down in New York at Highline Ballroom on the 9th--another show, Cyndi Lauper and Friends takes place on the 7th at Beacon Theatre), which involves 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, Fl, she wasn't telling funny stories from the stage. Our writer at sister paper New Times Broward-Palm Beach 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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craig.c
craig.c

Well I've seen Cyndi 15 times and every time she has been amazing and a real professional who gives her all to the audience. I've also been fortunate enough to meet her backstage during her Memphis Blues tour and she was so nice and gracious. This woman works herself to the bone to give fans what they want and she has always been there for us since the beginning. She's also a human being and has been put thru the wringer in this industry and has still managed to come out on top maintaining her artistry and integrity. She might have been having a bad day, everybody has them. It's just ours aren't put on blast by a journalist trying to create a name for herself.

Grumpy_Gay
Grumpy_Gay

Have seen Cyndi live many times over the years and her attitude and bad moods have ruined shows. She screams at too many people about talking, taking photos/videos, etc. The amount of songs during her shows has decreased over the years because she talks too much.

Have heard many accounts of how rude she is when meeting her. I too have had the opportunity to met her a handful of times and mostly she been rude and not very friendly. Cyndi is way too big for her boots.

I wish she would stop with all the crappy TV work (her reality show was dreadful), musicals, and copious amounts of charity work and just release music.

Lastly, Cyndi choose this career and most people aren't aware she still releases music as her setlist are filled with her SSU & True Colors songs and she rarely plays songs post I Drove All Night. A real shame!

Cyndi should be grateful magazines and other media want to interview her.

Charles Bogdan
Charles Bogdan

I met Her at the pool of the Delano Hotel in Miami and and she was in her Vintage Bathing suit and swim cap and she was very Gracious to me and my pal Brian.

Paul Mullen
Paul Mullen

Most of these recent articles are beyond tedious, they're pathetic, what the hell happened in there, sack all your decent writers? Add me to the growing list of recent unsubscribers.

Evelyn OO
Evelyn OO

wow Liz. Get. Over. Yourself.

Terence Degnan
Terence Degnan

Just stop. Half of your office at VV is annoyed that you're using defamation for click counts, the other half (arbitrary percentage) accepts that you have no central leadership or "voice" and enjoys the clicking game as sport. Either way you're embarrassing yourself, acting childish, and hurting the already guttered integrity of journalism. I'd love to articulate Cyndi's response. How long does an employee last at the VV nowadays? Can't you just change your format to cute cats doing shit?

Sakae Manning
Sakae Manning

uh, no. since i work often with people who have to be interviewed by the media, i get it. she's tired of journalists who don't do their own research before doing an interview. sounds like this is more about the journalist--not the subject.

Robbie McDonald
Robbie McDonald

I love Cyndi however I went to her show a couple of months ago here in Sydney and everything that was reported in the article about her behaviour in her show happened in the show I attended. She really went hard on one woman in particular who I think told her to stop talking (which she does A LOT in the show) and sing. Cyndi would repeatedly attack the woman and after singing a song would look out to the audience and say to the woman "I see you're still here". Its a shame as I really admire and look up to Cyndi but her public persona has really changed and she seems to have no time for anything or anyone.

Scott Humphries
Scott Humphries

What a nasty and unnecessary little piece. I think it's tacky and unprofessional when writers resort to these smutty revenge pieces about celebrities who call them out for asking dumb questions or not having done adequate research.

Merida Angelina
Merida Angelina

Defamation Huh? Get a grip. I watched her on Celebrity Apprentice & she was anything but a BULLY, actually she was the HEART of the team. Stop whining, grow some thick skin, especially in the field you're in. Shame On You.

ChristianEscovedo
ChristianEscovedo

I actually thought this was a parody at first. “Oh, Cyndi Lauper was mean to me!” Might be fun to actually HEAR the interview so we can listen to what were obviously amateur-hour questions. You think Cyndi was bad for calling out a spineless rookie reporter? Lou Reed would've sliced and DICED this dope. What a joke.

Richie Vela
Richie Vela

I was going to rip into your unprofessional behavior but when I saw all the other remarks about you I realized that they had covered all the bases and the sad thing is,and you might not even be conscious of it,you are building a great library of hate and negativity toward you...enjoy

Melissa Bidot
Melissa Bidot

Cyndi Lauper RAWKS! Liz & VV suck more than ever UNSUBSCRIBE

K Marie Kim
K Marie Kim

Nah but I know from at least 2 friends who've had close personal & professional encounters with her that say she's a major CUNT!! whatever. what a has-been. egos kill all.

rlnyny
rlnyny

Maybe you shouldn't be writing a blog at 3  a.m. You seem a tad cranky.

Satu Runa
Satu Runa

"See also: I pissed off Megadeth" seems like you're the problem, reporter.

Timothy Ryan White
Timothy Ryan White

Everyday you post a few whiny articles. When did the Voice get so soft?

Gael Sweeney
Gael Sweeney

Because the interviewer is what it's all about. Right?

Konstantin Vilenchitz
Konstantin Vilenchitz

Another terrible post about a nonsense article. OK Village Voice, I unsubscribe.

Mary Beth Gowdy
Mary Beth Gowdy

What a cry baby you are! If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the damn porch.

Toni Dalton
Toni Dalton

she is a cranky bitch for no reason.She just got used to behaving that way. Its her affect and its obnoxious.

Terence Degnan
Terence Degnan

CL also happens to be a woman who made her brand. She is obviously important enough to report. Reporting her anger reads like "Hillary: the bitch" to your "readership", who at this point should just have the wherewithal to unsubscribe to your click-counting blog. Yes I called the VV as a whole a blog. Withstanding as many tomatoes is what makes her possibly a little knee-jerky. Can you guys show us your long game?

Michael Logiudice
Michael Logiudice

Seems next time you venture from your cubicle for the next interview you best equip yourself with earmuffs, helmet and knee pads.

Steve Galluccio
Steve Galluccio

Easily annoyed because Cyndi can spot bad reporters a million miles away.

Mike Hoover
Mike Hoover

Ahh, the Village Voice, another corporate rag like RS and Spin, tell us about your day and disrespect for the artist. When do you interview daft punk?

France Nebout
France Nebout

Yep, after reading the article I would say "bitchy menopaused"!

Linda Marie
Linda Marie

Maybe you should go face to face next time.

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