Cyndi Lauper took Donald Trump to task over his controversial remarks on same-sex marriage and President Barack Obama in a new interview.
Now promoting her new Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," the pop diva -- who appeared on the ninth season of "The Apprentice" in 2010 -- told Next Magazine of Trump, "I felt that what he said about the gay community was disappointing because a lot of gay people work for him. It’s just sad. I thought he could have done better for his country than just go to the lowest common denominator and stir up the crap. It’s our country, it’s not wrestling."
Of Trump's well-publicized opposition to Obama, Lauper added, "If you try and make our president fail, it doesn’t matter who he is, you make our country fail. And if you really are a patriot, if you really give a sh*t about our country, you don’t do stuff like that."
She then noted, "...You’re an entertainer, and you make ugly buildings, and you’re famous for it. And you have a reality show with very high ratings. Don’t step into the forum like that... Our country is in trouble and he keeps wanting to make [Obama] fail. Let’s call a spade a spade. The guy’s a black man and that’s your issue?"
UPDATE:On March 8, Michael Cohen, Executive Vice President and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump, responded to Lauper's remarks in an email to HuffPost Gay Voices with the following statement:
"So many people attain cheap media attention by going after Mr. Trump. Cyndi Lauper is clearly one of these people as she is out there trying to promote her show on Broadway.
Mr. Trump was never a fan of hers as proven by the fact he said, 'Cyndi, you’re fired.' What else could you expect?"
Check out the full interview with Lauper here.
The 59-year-old Lauper, whose hits include "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time," spoke about her status as a gay icon in a HuffPost Live appearance in February.
"My sister is part of the community, and my friends are part of the community," Lauper said at the time. "I started to see discrepancies and things that weren't right, and I didn't want to just shut my mouth, because I don't believe in that."