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[[caption-width-right:317:Not Creator/SteveBuscemi.]]

'''John Waters''' (April 22, 1946-) is an American director, actor, writer, and owner of a [[GoodHairEvilHair badass pencil moustache]]. He spent much of the 70s-80s making low budget exploitation films, such as ''Film/PinkFlamingos'' and ''Female Trouble''. He achieved relative mainstream acceptance with ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', in 1988.

[[CreatorProvincialism His films all take place in Baltimore]], and are packed with as much sleaze as possible. They celebrate trashy Americana, with [[{{Camp}} awful fashion and gaudy designs]] featured prominently. [[ProductionPosse He has a regular group of actors]], chief among them the late [[{{DragQueen}} drag performer]] Divine.

[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnpofBtijF8 Likes a good smoke.]]

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!!Filmography:

* ''Film/HagInABlackLeatherJacket''
* ''Film/RomanCandles''
* ''Film/EatYourMakeup''
* ''Film/MondoTrasho''
* ''Film/TheDianeLinkletterStory''
* ''Film/MultipleManiacs''
* ''Film/PinkFlamingos''
* ''Film/FemaleTrouble''
* ''Film/DesperateLiving''
* ''Film/{{Polyester}}''
* ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''
* ''Film/CryBaby''
* ''Film/SerialMom''
* ''{{Film/Pecker}}''
* ''Film/CecilBDemented''
* ''Film/ADirtyShame''

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!!! "Tasteful tropes about bad taste":

* AlliterativeName: Tracy Turnblad, Francine Fishpaw, Dawn Davenport, etc.
* AlternateDVDCommentary: Provides it for ''Film/ChristmasEvil'', of all things. Also provided one for ''Literature/MommieDearest''.
* AffectionateParody: Of SoBadItsGood [[BMovie B-Movies]].
* BlackComedy: ''Pink Flamingos'', ''Female Trouble'' and ''Desperate Living'' all get gleefully twisted.
* BlackComedyRape: In ''Multiple Maniacs,'' Lady Divine is raped by a giant lobster called Lobstora. For no apparent reason.
** The Chicken Rape in ''Pink Flamingos''. Made even worse by the fact that ''they '''actually''' raped that chicken.''
* {{Camp}}
* CampGay[=/=]StraightGay: One of the few people who manages to somehow embody both aspects at once.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Did not include ''The Diane Linkletter Story'' in his filmography in his first [[{{Biography}} autobiography]] ''Shock Value.'' May be a case of CreatorBacklash, as he mainly made it to test out a new camera he had.
* CityOfWeirdos: Baltimore
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Baltimore and its suburbs.
* CreatorProvincialism: All of his movies are set in Baltimore.
* CringeComedy
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Not his films, but he [[ParodiedTrope mercilessly parodied]] this in a theater warning which featured himself. He's supposed to tell the audience that smoking is restricted in the theater, but he does so by intentionally sending out mixed signals, like happily puffing on a cigarette himself and questioning the validity of the rule.
* ExploitationFilm
* GenreShift: ''Polyester'' was his first step toward the mainstream. It took him to ''Hairspray'' to actually get there, but, it is the earliest film of his that Leonard Maltin includes a review of in his books.
* GrossoutShow: Many of his movies would qualify. Especially ''Pink Flamingos''.
* IdenticalStranger: He looks so similar to Creator/SteveBuscemi that he once put a picture of Buscemi on his Christmas cards to see if anyone would notice.
* InsultBackfire: A long-delayed example, but it counts. Rex Reed had hated ''Female Trouble'', to the point that in his review he had asked, "Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down? Isn't there a law or something?" When ''Female Trouble'' was released on [=DVD=], this quote was on the front of its box.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''Mondo Trasho'' has yet to see DVD release due to rights issues (Waters took the soundtrack from his own records collection), but was released on VHS, making it rare but available.
* LostForever: While not ''lost'' in the same way as, say, ''London After Midnight'', Waters refuses to release his first three movies in any format, and they have not appeared since their original showings.
* LysistrataGambit: He's recommended this as a way to promote reading.
-->"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they donít have books, donít fuck them. Donít let them explore you until theyíve explored the secret universes of books. Donít let them connect with you until theyíve walked between the lines on the pages. Books are cool, if you have to withhold yourself from someone for a bit in order for them to realize this then do so."
* SelfDeprecation: Appears at the start and end of Music/TheLonelyIsland's song "The Creep", as apparently, to be a certified creeper, you need to look like John Waters.
* StylisticSuck: His movies are intentionally trashy
* TactfulTranslation: Brought ''Female Trouble'' to a film festival in Antwerp, Belgium. While describing the film, the translator became so appalled at what Waters was saying that she stopped translating his comments and started telling the audience something completely different. Because Waters doesn't speak Dutch, he didn't know this was happenening until someone told him afterwards.
* {{Transsexual}}s
* [[ItsPopularNowItSucks True Art Is Not Popular]]: Invoked in a criticism of the standards of the art world:
-->"In the art world, if everyone likes your art, it's terrible."
* VulgarHumor: All over the place. RefugeInAudacity does not even ''begin'' to cover it.
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