John Waters on Baltimore: “It’s Where the Cutest Boys Are”

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In an interview with John Waters published last week on the Huffington Post, the questioner asks the famously filthy filmmaker why he “still” lives in Baltimore. (Hmmph!) But Waters’s answer is great:  “It’s where I get all my ideas. It’s where the cutest boys are. I have the most fun here. It’s the most mixed. It’s the most radical. We got edge here. Come on down.” But that doesn’t mean he’s not willing to criticize (gently). Below the jump, read what Waters has to say about The Wire, “the old, great sex bars,” and his occasionally contentious friendship with Martin O’Malley:

On O’Malley:  “I like to make him uncomfortable. I know him well. That’s part of our relationship. He lets me make him uncomfortable.

I did tour with him. I was also against the death penalty and he fought against that. He’s also putting more money into the movie business here and I think that’s good.

I do support him, but we argue all the time. He doesn’t like The Wire. I say too bad! We had a censor before! You don’t get to be the censor!”

On The Wire: “I think it was the best show on television since Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and that was the best show on television since Howdy Doody…. It was about a part of Baltimore I don’t cover. I don’t know that part of Baltimore — but I do now, after watching that show.

I think it was good for Baltimore. All over the world, the smartest people at the most intellectual newspapers and magazines, the first thing they bring up about Baltimore is The Wire. I don’t think that’s bad for the city.”

On the good old days:  “When I was 18, you could drink in D.C. The highway between Baltimore and Washington was the most dangerous highway in the world.

I used to come to Washington for all of the demonstrations, I was at the first Martin Luther King event in D.C., I used to come to all the yippie events.

I used to come for all the old, great sex bars. They were all around where the Howard Theatre is now!”

Waters’s next book is tentatively titled Carsick, and it’s about his hitchhiking trip across the country. Until then, you can catch him performing in his vaudeville-inspired show This Filthy World, or perhaps hanging out at his favorite bar — the Club Charles.



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