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Filmmaker John Waters kicks off Come Out With Pride 2013

The man of little mystery talks movies, marriage and MBI stings

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Well, if you’re in Orlando you really don’t want to be with the establishment; you’d rather be in a little bit of trouble.
Right, well, I’ve always wanted to be in a little bit of trouble, although now I’m sick of being in it. I’d rather be an insider. That’s more perverse.

You’re here for Come Out With Pride, and this is the big year that everyone is talking about gay marriage.
I have a whole thing about gay marriage that I’m going to talk about in my show. I’m certainly for it, but I want to know the new politically correct term for men like myself who can get married now and choose not to. Are we going to be discriminated against? A minority? I think everyone should have the right to be married. I think you should be able to marry a tree, if you want to know the truth. I don’t understand why anyone would ever be threatened by gay marriage, any kind of marriage, because everybody knows how hard it is to find anybody that you can fall in love with. So why would that threaten anyone? I don’t get it.

Did you know that Florida still has a ban on gay marriage?
That doesn’t surprise me; Florida has never been known for their advanced politics in my book. No, that doesn’t surprise me, but it is a losing battle. They will lose eventually. And the government already said that even if you live in a state that doesn’t support it and get married and come back, the tax thing will still work
for you.

So when you first started making films, it seems like you were the only person including openly gay content. Do you think there are any filmmakers out there taking the same kinds of risks you were?
I wasn’t the only person; mine were not only gay movies. I mean, first of all, my audience for Pink Flamingos was not only gay. In the beginning, it was Yippies, it was hippies, it was bikers, it was people that became punk later when there was such a thing. Certainly gay people were supportive of me in the beginning, but the kind of gay people that cause trouble, not the gay people that fit in.

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