FourTwoNine magazine’s interview by editor Kevin Sessums with John Waters was originally published in the magazine’s third issue. John’s late mother was the first female lector at her Catholic Church in Baltimore;
“We had her funeral in that church, which, to this day, fills me with rage when I look at it. I thought, I have to go in there again? My mother had asked me to be the only speaker. My sister called me and said that this church wanted to approve my eulogy. I said, ‘You have got to be kidding. Do you want to make me insane?’ My sister then told them it would not be a good idea to ask that of me. Then they let me know that I should never say the word ‘I’ in it. I thought, They’ve got fucking editors working here now? So when I started out the eulogy, ‘I’ was the first word that I said, of course. Now I never have to go back in there.
One of the priests in that church had been arrested totally nude in a peep show while jerking off. My mother was mortified about that. I watched the reports on the news about it with her. On the news they had a picture of the peep-show place that showed a sign above the popcorn stand that said, ‘No Masturbation.’ The woman working there pointed that out, that they did have a sign there telling patrons not to do that. My mother turned to me and said, ‘They have a sign there for that?’ This was Father Butt Plug from her church—or whatever his name was —who was in there doing it. So, I don’t want to hear what I can say and what I can’t say in that church.”
You can read the full interview here. Waters recently published his New York Times–bestselling book, Carsick, where chronicles his cross-country hitchhiking, leaving from his home in Baltimore and ending up at apartment in San Francisco. He opens a new exhibit of his work, John Waters: Beverly Hills John on January 9 at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York that runs through Valentine’s Day, 2015. (Photo, Pacific Coast News; via FourTwoNine)