Maybe taking a cue from the infamous Wizard of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Waters seemingly made “Pink Flamingos” as excessive as doable with the intention to rating publicity. Waters was clearly being intentionally disgusting, making a aware effort to piss off the Pinks and cater to the light perverts of the world. Proper beneath the noses of Baltimore’s hoi polloi is a filth contest that the typical thoughts can’t absolutely embody. On an episode of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Do not Inform Me,” Waters stated that “Pink Flamingos” was taken to court docket a number of instances on obscenity fees, and that he might by no means mount any type of protection. It’s, in spite of everything, objectively obscene.
There may be actually an integrity to such an aspiration. Any sicko with a digicam can movie gross issues and reduce them collectively as a film, however Waters possessed a winking love for his characters that makes a movie like “Pink Flamingos” transcend from cruelty and aggression into … dare I say one thing candy? John Waters‘ characters love who they’re, they love the filth they wallow in, and so they love chaos. They’re joyful, blissful individuals who dwell to date off the grid, the true world has been decreased to one thing educational. Water constructed a brand new world, a grimy Babylon of aggressive rule-breaking the place frequent morality has been flipped.
And what’s so nice in regards to the world, anyway? A world with out medication, a world with out queer individuals, a world with out intercourse or violence? This isn’t a world value preserving. The best hazard is to be an a-hole. Ridding the world of Connie and Raymond Marble retains filth alive, however rids the world of cruelty. Filth is a lifestyle, however imply individuals needn’t apply. Let’s have fun with a — gulp — meal.