Quotes / Camp

Camp taste is, above all, a mode of enjoyment, of appreciation - not judgment. Camp is generous. It wants to enjoy. It only seems like malice, cynicism. (Or, if it is cynicism, it's not a ruthless but a sweet cynicism.) Camp taste doesn't propose that it is in bad taste to be serious; it doesn't sneer at someone who succeeds in being seriously dramatic. What it does is to find the success in certain passionate failures. ... Camp taste is a kind of love, love for human nature. It relishes, rather than judges, the little triumphs and awkward intensities of "character." . . . Camp taste identifies with what it is enjoying. People who share this sensibility are not laughing at the thing they label as "a camp," they're enjoying it. Camp is a tender feeling.
— Susan Sontag, "Notes on 'Camp'"

Camp — deliberate bad taste — is in fact the opposite of kitsch... Camp puts a certain amount of ingenuity, subtlety and creative talent into a work which is obviously silly, stupid, or tasteless.
Stephen Bond.

I think that any gay person in the world would be seduced at one point by a certain kind of camp. For certain people it's kind of a saving grace.
Rufus Wainwright.

John: It's camp! (beat) The tragically ludicrous? The ludicrously tragic?
Homer: Oh, yeah! Like when a clown dies.
John: Well, sort of.
The Simpsons

Let's do it!
Let's do it - I've had a really good idea!
We'll revamp, make more camp, a sci-fi show from yesteryear!


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