John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky by David James/New Line Cinema John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky by David James/New Line Cinema

Gays are beseeched to turn their nose up at Edna Turnblad, to protest the casting of John Travolta in the forthcoming Hairspray movie. Why? Scientology, to which JT subscribes, "has operated reparative therapy clinics to try to 'cure' gays," Washington Blade jefe Kevin Naff tells the New York Daily News. Seeing as Scientologists are obliged to donate a chunk of their income to the church, "by going to this movie, gay people are literally putting money into an organization that seeks to cure them," Naff contends.

Naff also says "shame on" openly gay John Waters - who wrote and directed the 1988 movie on which the new pic is based - for allowing Travolta to be cast. Travolta's rep didn't respond to the News' request for comment.