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Existential Angst From John Waters

John Waters explaining something to a bemused-looking woman which apparently requires his hands to be spaced apart as if indicating a measure of distance. Er, there's no lawyers reading this is there?
John Waters explaining something to a bemused-looking woman which apparently requires his hands to be spaced apart as if indicating a measure of distance. Er, there’s no lawyers reading this is there?

John Waters, journalist, newspaper columnist, philosopher-at-large and general man-about-town, has given an angry interview to the Irish Independent complaining about his treatment at the hands of the Irish media and general public in the aftermath of several recent controversies involving himself and others. Waters claims that when the issues first came to prominence he lost “almost” a stone in weight over the course of a few weeks (yes, very nearly a whole stone). Shockingly he says that he was afraid to go into Dublin city centre at night (though aren’t we all?) and seemingly feared for his well being, albeit in an “existential way”, which I’m sure you’ll agree is the worst fear of all. He describes one of the dreadful encounters he was forced to endure:

“I was in a coffee shop on another occasion and a woman waddled over to me with a pram and told me I should be ashamed of myself before walking off.”

A pram? An actual pram? And a waddle? No doubt indicating some girth? Terrible. And what could possibly have elicited such reprehensible behaviour from Seán and Síle Citizen?

“Questioning gay adoption, he drew parallels with two brothers taking paternal responsibility of a child.

“If two brothers who love each other in a particular way decide ‘we would like to adopt a child’ this society would regard that as an absurdity, they would laugh them out of court.

“Yet if two men who are involved in a sexual relationship go forward to adopt a child we are told now, that should be okay? I find that really hard to understand, intellectually. Why is it that it is okay but it is not okay for two brothers or two straight men? I think that’s a legitimate point.””

Errr… quite.

John Waters was speaking in an interview given in Sligo town. Not far from his, um, rural holiday home…

6 comments on “Existential Angst From John Waters

  1. an lorcánach

    i’m guessing you have some issues with citizen waters?! 😉

    • Not the least. He is a shining example of Ireland’s would-be intelligentsia. Him and Bono… 😉

      • an lorcánach

        i remember being in the bar area of dublin’s film centre in mid-90s and took one look at him and thought ‘scruffy looking knacker!’ B-)

  2. Waters may have inadvertently made an interesting point, there.
    I suppose you could ask the question why two brothers or two heterosexual men (or indeed two heterosexual brothers) couldn’t adopt.
    I mean, if there was reason to believe the two would remain together in the same household in the long term, could provide for a child and they actually wanted to adopt one.
    A sex-life isn’t a criteria for adoptive parenthood, I suppose.

    • The first point would be one of equality. If it is legally and socially acceptable for a couple in a stable, long-term heterosexual relationship to adopt a child then the same rights should be accorded stable, long-term homosexual couples. Otherwise it marks homosexual relationships as being of less value (or worse suspect) in the eyes of the law and society at large. Partial equality or equality with caveats is no equality at all.

      It is the same argument that Irish-speaking citizens and communities make in relation to equality with their English-speaking peers. If that equality is qualified in any way then it is meaningless. They are simply not equal.

      In relation to non-couples, there are some differences. I would note that single people adopting children, relatives of orphans, etc. does occur. I am single but if my sister and her husband were to die there would be nothing to prevent me adopting my nephew as his nearest next-of-kin.

      I suspect in decades to come people will look back at our current social mores and shake their heads in mystification.

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