My daughter tells me a recent interview with John Waters has become something of an Internet sensation among teenage girls. The interview was posted on Rookie, a site geared towards teen girls, and she’s had friends in Vancouver, Hawaii, and Minnesota raving about it. Reading the piece, it’s easy to understand why, as Waters comes across as everyone’s favorite uncle. He’s understanding, worldly, and permissive, with a mischievous streak tempered by gentlemanliness. I’m, once again, astounded by his capacity for connecting with an audience.
Check out these comments: “the advice he gives is so wise,” “he’s got a pretty awesome perspective on life,” “I want to marry him, but I’m a girl so it probably wouldn’t work out,” “this man is quite literally a genius,” “I just love everything he stands for,” and “if only our parents were more like him.”
Waters says his favorite comment was quite succinct: “ADOPT ME.”