John Waters Remakes ‘Pink Flamingos’ for Children

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John Waters Remakes Pink Flamingos for Children

As part of his upcoming Chelsea art exhibition “Beverly Hills John,” Baltimorean auteur John Waters will be screening a very special version of his 1972 film Pink Flamingos.

The 74-minute video piece, Kiddie Flamingos, is a costumed table read of a “defanged and desexualized” version of the Pink Flamingos screenplay performed by 6- to 10-year-olds. That’s quite the thing, given that the original film set the standard for tasteless obscenity and was known to leave audience members nauseated.

Waters told the New York Times that he always felt that “if you took out the sex and the violence, that [Pink Flamingos] is a children’s story because it’s the battle of the gross-out, and that’s what most kids’ books are now.”

The director believes this new version could be “even more perverse than the original, because it’s transforming innocence into a whole new kind of joyous, G-rated obscenity.”

“Beverly Hills John” opens at Marianne Boesky Gallery in Manhattan on Jan. 9. Kiddie Flamingos will play on continuous loop.

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