On October 29, writer/actor/director John Cameron Mitchell of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' revealed some of his discomfort toward Wanna One's latest comeback teasers.
Since last Friday, Wanna One's mysterious comeback teasers have hinted at themes of "The Origin of Love", "The Origin of our Destiny", and more. Many onlookers seemed to have been reminded of concepts from the musical/film 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch', and brought this to the attention of John Cameron Mitchell - who co-wrote the script for the original 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' and also took on the original lead acting role.
After seeing Wanna One's teaser content released so far, John Cameron Mitchell shared a commentary video on his Instagram, writing, "Thoughts about Kpop band [Wanna One]'s use of #hedwigandtheangryinch/Platonic/Taoist imagery as well as [Stephen Trask]'s song title #theoriginoflove. An ancient myth is fair game but I'm sad to think that it might be flattened and simplified (like my face in this video)."
In the commentary clip, Mitchell shared, "...I'm a little bit bummed out today, because some Korean fans told me about a Korean K-Pop band... who were kind of using some imagery that... granted, has ancient roots, but felt a little bit rude, because they're also borrowing the title 'The Origin of Love' from Stephen Trask's [song] for an album coming out in November. And it felt like it was not telling the full story of the myth, the 2,500-year old myth which was about all genders and all sexualities breaking the powers of gods, of the people telling you what to do and who to love, and finding their own love."
Check out John Cameron Mitchell's Instagram post, expressing his opinions on Wanna One's teaser concept and imagery. Meanwhile, Wanna One are set to make their final comeback as a project group this November 19.