John Waters saved my life. Made me realize it was fun to actually live life and not just be a spectator.
Made me realize the life of a heterosexual is a sad and pathethic existence.
Made me realize there were other people out there who were like minded. Made me realize drag queens are the fucking bomb. made me realize ‘shrimp jobs’ not only have a name but other people liked giving them as well.
He gave us Mink Stole.
Made me realize cinema could be fantastic and dirty and entertaining, all at the same time.
Thank you John Waters you true legand. And happy birthday.
GOTTA LOVE HIM. FROM SLATE……….
I ask what Christmas was like when he was growing up. He recalls his Catholic mother, now 86, taking him to midnight mass, then sidesteps into an anecdote about Glenn Milstead – the boyhood friend and cross-dressing muse he named Divine – coming to the service in drag. Waters’ stage shows are carefully scripted, delivered from memory, and these rapid digressions come across like a compressed rehearsal of one of his soliloquies.
“I liked Santa but I would get confused as a child whether I was supposed to pray to him or William Castle [the B-movie director], or Jesus,” he says, before skipping to another thought about “living crèches” – Christmas cribs re-created with real people. “They’re begging for Diane Arbus to come back from the grave to take a picture of them. What parent would give their child to be baby Jesus, with straw and candles and mules that kick … ? I’m telling you, I think living crèches are some of the most horrifying things.”
Thinking of Christmas in London, I ask whether Waters has seen any pantomimes. He looks puzzled. I try to explain the genre that combines fairy tales, audience participation and washed-up TV stars in women’s clothing. “Is there scat in it?” he asks.
Check out Melissa McCarthy’s homage to the queen of all drag queens from our photo shoot; see more in new issue of Entertainment Weekly mag!
SEE MORE? NO THANKS. HOW STUPID TO DRESS MELISSA UP AS THE GREATEST DRAG QUEEN OF ALL TIME. IT JUST MAKES NO SENSE TO ME AT ALL. CANNOT REALLY IMAGINE MELISSA DOING THIS…….
…….OR PINK FLAMINGOS BEING MADE NOWADAYS.
drives me crazy the use of ‘gay’ to mean lesser than or bad.