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John Waters on I Advocate May 13, 2011

I’m a bit of a John Waters fan, mostly being familiar with his film ‘Hairspray’ (which was later adapted into a LONG running Broadway musical, and then later remade staring John Travolta in drag, which was really something).  Anyway, he’s an openly gay and incredibly out there kinda guy and if you’re not aware of his work, you should (link to his IMDB & Wiki pages below).  Its campy and tends toward the crass end of the humor scale, so I don’t personally enjoy ALL of his work but I do have an appreciation for the fact that he’s not afraid to ‘GO THERE’ and touch on subject matter that is often seen as too taboo for film etc.  He made a voice over appearance in the 8th season of The Simpsons episode ‘Homer’s Phobia’, and has also done various other cameo appearances in TV and movies, often playing himself or the narrator.
Aside from his film and TV work he is also a published author, having written and published nine books in total, three of which are compilations of his photography and art.  In 2010 he released his latest book ‘Role Models’, which according to a brief summation on the Powell’s books site, ‘…is, in fact, a self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities—some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle of the road…’ and they ways in which these people helped to shape Waters’ life and artistic style.  At some point after its release he did a brief spot for the website talking about his various opinions on gay issues and the fact that he feels we, as a culture, need to get our humor back.  I don’t agree with everything he says in this spot (like marrying your shoe, don’t be silly John) but I do agree with things like ‘we should outlaw divorce’ if you really want to ‘protect the institution’.  Enjoy.
John Waters’ Wiki Page
John Waters’ IMDB Page
The Advocate- Gay News


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