In an interview with the U.K. magazine The Spectatori iconic gay film director and screenwriter John Waters who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films like Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, and Female Trouble talked about the media’s treatment of Caitlyn Jenner and how he doesn’t understand why we can’t make fun of her:
‘The Bruce Jenner/Caitlyn thing is kind of old hat to me. I had a transgender woman in Pink Flamingos. She had breasts and a penis. She got the operation that week. That was radical to me then. Caitlyn’s a Republican, she’s on a reality show, and she’s a Kardashian. We can’t make fun of him or her?’
*If you happen to be. in the UK , John Waters’s exhibition ‘Beverly Hills John’ is at Sprüth Magers London until 15 August. A retrospective of his films will be showing at the BFI in September.