John Waters Shares Wild Stories of His Unique 'Glory' Days with Bill Maher

John Waters explores societal norms in spirited discussion

by Zain ul Abedin
John Waters Shares Wild Stories of His Unique 'Glory' Days with Bill Maher
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John Waters, at 78, remains a vibrant and provocative figure in the entertainment world. The revered filmmaker and author, known for his offbeat and daring approach to cinema, recently appeared on Bill Maher's "Real Time," where he delivered a captivating blend of humor and insight.

The episode opened with Waters commenting on the high-profile Trump trial in New York, injecting his trademark wit into the conversation. He joked about the potential outcomes for Trump, saying, "If he gets home detention, you will hear Melania scream," and humorously mused about the challenges Trump might face if incarcerated, such as the need to clandestinely obtain personal items.

As the discussion veered into more controversial territory, Maher mentioned recent derogatory remarks by the Pope about the LGBTQ+ community, prompting Waters to reflect humorously on his experiences with 'glory holes' during his younger days.

His anecdotal storytelling, blending risqué humor with nostalgic reminiscence, captivated the audience. Despite his success, Waters candidly shared his battles with censorship, revealing that he had lost every obscenity case he faced.

Yet, he remains optimistic about his work, proudly stating that his films are "doing better than ever." Waters also touched on the evolving nature of film production, discussing the absence of intimacy coaches during his earlier projects and making light of the bizarre scenarios that might have necessitated them, particularly in films starring his iconic muse, Divine.

Pride and Politics Discussed

The conversation also included a nod to Pride Month, with Waters playfully advocating for the recognition of new minorities and "new perversions," highlighting his ongoing commitment to pushing societal boundaries.

The episode featured a robust panel discussion with David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, and Ken Buck, former Republican congressman, focusing on the ramifications of the Trump trial verdict. The dialogue underscored the deep political divisions and the potential for retributive politics, with both panelists agreeing that imprisoning Trump would be unwise.

Amid discussions of political accountability and societal norms, Maher shifted the conversation to the upcoming presidential election, probing Axelrod about the Democratic nomination. Axelrod's firm assertion that Biden remains the nominee emphasized the current political stability, despite public speculation.

The program concluded with a debate over San Francisco's decision to remove the "Appeal to Heaven" flag, which Maher critiqued as an overreach by the left, and a commentary on public perception of the economy under Biden's administration.

In his editorial, Maher challenged college students to explore new causes, urging a reevaluation of traditional activist targets, which wrapped up another thought-provoking episode that blended political commentary with cultural critique, all enriched by John Waters' unforgettable contributions.