In recognition of how thoroughly Waters has gotten under the world's skin, Lincoln Center hosted Fifty Years Of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?, a 12-film retrospective of his life's work. We managed to speak to him while we were there.
John Waters has been offending audiences for 50 years, but he doesn't plan to stop shocking the world anytime soon, so I called him to talk about his new book, Grindr, and everyone's favorite bad boy pop star.
When the drag queen Divine ate dog shit at the end of John Waters's Pink Flamingos, he knew he was participating in a great publicity stunt. What he didn't know was he was about to become an icon of American culture.