Hairspray director John Waters, who is appearing at Birmingham Hippodrome this autumn as part of SHOUT Festival, has hit out at the Roman Catholic Church and US president Donald Trump.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Waters says about the Catholic Church, in which he was raised: “They have been bashing my beliefs for centuries. I’m happy to bash back. I hate this new Pope. He’s a hypocrite. When it comes to gay marriage, how can he say, ‘Who am I to judge?’ You’re the f------ pope! You are supposed to be infallible. I bash them because they bash us. They are the enemy. Unashamedly.”
Turning his ire on Trump, Waters said: “I think there is nothing good about him. He used to be a liberal, used to be at Studio 54. I never ever liked him. Even back then he was vulgar. He’s even ruined camp. There is nothing about him I like. His hair? He’s like a white James Brown impersonator. On Liberace it was funny but on him? Please. Do you have a mirror? His enemy: the wind. I believe it is just one long piece that is sculpted.”
After receiving critical acclaim touring across the globe with his one-man-show, This Filthy World, John will play Birmingham Hippodrome on Wednesday 10 November, as part of the 10th anniversary edition of SHOUT.
It will be his first ever appearance in Birmingham and his only UK show of 2019.
Described as 'the pope of trash', John has written and directed 16 movies across his 50-year career. He's best known for his seminal counter-cultural comedies which celebrate deviance and alternative lifestyles, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Polyester.
John has also had his photography shown in galleries across the world and is the author of nine books, including his new title, Mr Know-It-All, The Tarnished Wisdom Of A Filth Elder, which will be published in the UK in September.
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