Queer Issue 2018 Jun 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

The night I met John Waters.

Xavier Schipani



I once saw Pink Flamingos at the Meridian Mall in Okemos, Michigan when it was re-released for its 25th anniversary. Everyone working the front of the theater tried warning us to steer clear but we had already seen it and couldn't pass up the opportunity to watch it on the big screen in a fucking mall. It was so bizarre that it was even showing there at all (pretty sure the re-release had an NC-17 rating) and random that it happened to be the first time in months that we decided to go to the movies. There were 3 other people in the theater besides my boyfriend and me, and after the chicken scene two of them stood up and stormed out.

We once traveled to Grand Rapids to hear John Waters speak to a decent sized crowd so there is an audience for him in Michigan (or at least there was 2 decades ago). Still, I'm not sure what Michael Moore was thinking bringing Pink Flamingos to Traverse City but I'm sure John Waters was absolutely thrilled by the opportunity to screen that filthy mess in small-town Michigan even if no one showed up.


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