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Gay History - May 17, 1972: John Water's "Pink Flamingos" Opens Starring: DIVINE! - WATCH THE FULL MOVIE!

Gay History – May 17, 1972: John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos” Opens Starring: DIVINE! – [WATCH The FULL Movie]

On this day in 1972, John Waters’ outrageous movie Pink Flamingos opens in theaters.

Written, produced, filmed, and edited by John Waters. It is part of what Waters has labeled the “Trash Trilogy”, which also includes Female Trouble (1974) and Desperate Living (1977). 

Pink Flamingos stars the countercultural drag queen Divine (the late Glen Milstead) as a criminal living under the name of Babs Johnson, “the filthiest person alive” The film portrays her attempts to maintain her title against a rival couple who claim to be even filthier than her.

The movie was filmed in Waters’ hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, on a budget of only $10,000, which he raised by working odd jobs and borrowing money from friends. The cast and crew were mostly made up of Waters’ friends and associates, and many of the film’s scenes were improvised.

Upon its initial release, “Pink Flamingos” received mixed reviews and was heavily criticized for its explicit content and extreme shock value. However, it soon developed a cult following and became a staple of the midnight movie circuit, where it was screened in theaters around the world.

Displaying the tagline “An exercise in poor taste”Pink Flamingos is notorious for its “outrageousness”, nudity, profanity, and “pursuit of frivolity, scatology, sensationally [sic] and skewed epistemology.” As it features a “number of increasingly revolting scenes” that center on exhibitionism, voyeurism, sodomy, masturbation, gluttony, vomiting, rape, incest, murder, cannibalism, coprophagia, and foot fetishism, the film is considered a preliminary exponent of abject art.

In other words the perfect film!

Waters had planned for a sequel, titled Flamingos Forever. Troma Entertainment offered to finance the picture, but it was never made, as Divine refused to be involved, and in 1984, Edith Massey died.

When the film was initially released, it caused a huge degree of controversy but has since become one of the most notorious films ever made and is rated #29 on the list of 50 Films to See Before You Die.

You can watch the full movie before you die below.

All hail John Waters and Divine!

Iconic Gay Director John Waters on Caitlyn Jenner: ‘We Can’t Make Fun Of Her?’

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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?’

Testify John!

*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.

EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY – Win a “I Am Divine” DVD Gift Set! (Cha-cha Heels Not Included)



Back2Stonewall.com in conjuncture with Wolfe Video and Brigade Marketing are giving away (2) two “I Am Divine” DVD Gift Sets this weekend!

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwartz (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, Vito) turns his camera on the plus-sized “cinematic terrorist” turned international icon of bad taste when I AM DIVINE debuts across all digital platforms beginning April 1st and on DVD April 8th from Wolfe Video. Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, comes to life in this complex documentary that traces his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally-recognized drag superstar. The film includes interviews with many key figures from Divine’s life, including legendary filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray), co-stars Ricki Lake (Hairspray), Tab Hunter (Polyester, Lust in the Dust) and Mink Stole (Female Trouble, Desperate Living), and his mother. Bonus materials include more than 30 minutes of deleted footage that sheds additional light on the cha-cha heels of this midnight-movie icon.

But wait, that’s not all!

In addition to the DVD each winner will receive as part of the prize package a “I Am Divine” poster autographed by filmaker Jeffrey Schwartz and an “I Am Divine” bumper sticker.

And to win this FABULASH prize package all you have to do is drop me a line at will@back2stonewall.com – One winner will be picked at random on Saturday 4/5 and Sunday 4/5 – (U.S.A. addresses only and no P.O. Boxes please)

Are you Divine enough to win?

*”I Am Divine” debuts digitally April 1st and on DVD April 8th.  Follow the filmmakers on Twitter at @divinemovie and Wolfe Video on Facebook and Twitter at @WolfeVideo.



* Serving customers since 1985, Wolfe Video is the largest exclusive distributor of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) films

GLAAD Goes After Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives (Trailer)

GLAAD has issued a call to action against the Tribeca Film Festival over the planned screening of an indie flick called Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives.

By marketing Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives as a “transploitation” film, by using the word “trannies” (a pejorative term for transgender people) in the title of the film, by casting transgender women in some roles, and by citing the murders of Angie Zapata and Jorge Mercado in the trailer, Israel Luna has attempted to place his film squarely within a transgender narrative. However, while some of the actors in the film identify as transgender, the characters are written as drag queens, “performing” femininity in a way that is completely artificial. The very names of these over-the-top female caricatures (Emma Grashun, Rachel Slurr, et al.) drive this point home. Because of its positioning as a transgender film, viewers unfamiliar with the lives of transgender women will likely leave this film with the impression that transgender women are ridiculous caricatures of “real women.” It demeans actual transgender women who struggle for acceptance and respect in their day-to-day lives and to be valued for their contributions to our society.

WATCH the Trailer and YOU decide…..

Thank goodness GLAAD is around to protect the delicate sensibilities of viewers who might have wandered into this well-titled movie, expecting a sensitive exploration of trans issues.  WTF.

Okay I WILL admit that thr mentioning of Angie Zapata in the trailer was insensitive and not a grewat move.  And I would see no problem with GLAAD asking them to remove the references to real life victims in the trailer.  But for GLAAD to go so over the top on this low budget film that was obviously ment to be guerilla filmaking is ridiculous. 

I wonder what GLAAD would do if Pink Flamingo’s was released today?