John Waters says young filmmakers aren’t interested in art films

Waters also weighed in on the cancellation culture surrounding JK Rowling and Johnny Depp.

It’s a “Dirty Shame” that’s leaving the movie industry “art movies,” according to John Waters.

The “Hairspray” writer/director joked to The New York Times that the next generation of filmmakers are content with larger-scale productions without the same structure as Waters’ DIY movies. “They want to go to a shopping center. They want to be in the stadium. They want special effects,” Waters said. “For me, cheap special effects are much more fun than these new ones.”

For “Pink Flamingos” author Waters, cancel culture is part of the censorship to which even his own films were subjected. “The few times I’ve ever said something negative, it was about something everyone loved. This is what I hate: a movie where the audience is ‘awww.’ If someone says ‘awww’ I run away,” Waters said of pushing the envelope on the screen. “I want to be disturbed. I want to be shaken. I don’t want to get a pat on the back.”

Waters continued: “I want movies to disturb me. But that’s basically the mainstream: people don’t want to be disturbed. I don’t think that’s anything new…’Pink Flamingos’ probably violates more values ​​now than it did then.”

“Law used to be my censor. They aren’t anymore,” Waters added. “I do not have any. If I did, young liberals would wake up. But I always try to use humor to put everything in perspective because I doubt my own values. Why is this OK and Which not? That is only possible with humor.”

As for the actual cancellation culture when it comes to Hollywod stars, Waters has dished up that “pretty much every artist would be canceled retroactively” – with one exception.

“I have one thing about who I’d cancel: JK Rowling,” Waters said. “Give her some preparation H for that transphobia. What’s the matter with her?”

Rowling recently tweeted a series of statements against transgender rights in Scotland on International Women’s Day. Rowling ignored the holiday, writing: “Apparently under a Labor government today will be We Who Must Be Named Day.”

Waters continued: “There are people I would like to cancel, but at the same time I say it with humor. I’m not going to go through all the cancellations and say what I think, but I’ve never seen Johnny Depp act negatively towards a woman in all my life — and I used drugs and got drunk with him.”

“Cry-Baby” star Depp – who appeared in the adaptation of Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film adaptations before leaving the franchise – claimed Hollywood was “boycotting” him after ex-wife Amber Heard alleged domestic abuse.

To register: Stay up to date with the latest movie and TV news! Sign up here for our email newsletters.

Leave a Comment