Cyndi Lauper has spoken about how important it is to continue to fight for civil rights, saying: “If we are not all equal, nobody is.”
The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun singer, who co-founded a fund that works to end homelessness among LGBT youth, said it is important to see light at the end of the tunnel.
“When we had (Kinky Boots) on in Chicago, people were on the steps of the White House protesting for civil rights,” she told England’s Press Association.
“I grew up in the civil rights era, I don’t think it ever goes out of style.
“I think if we are not all equal, nobody is. They always turn it on you or me or somebody else, and then you’re in trouble.”
Referring to the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel in which fertile women are stripped of their rights, ritualistically raped and forced to bear children, she said: “Look at The Handmaid’s Tale, I can’t even watch that, I get so upset.”
Lauper, who was the first solo female composer ever to win a Tony award for Kinky Boots, is in the UK ahead of the show’s national tour.
Addressing a lyric in the show which says “you can change the world if you change your mind”, the American star said: “Try my country. They have always got to blame somebody when things don’t go right and it’s always a stupid blame.
“We’ve had bad times in the 50s, we got through it.
“You’ve just to see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that you can’t be complacent and you’ve got to speak up and civil rights is very important.”