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