A group says tourists would flock to a tribute on the site of the best-known scene in a John Waters cult classic
By Ed Gunts (Baltimore Brew, October 1, 2015)
Philadelphia has its Rocky statue. Detroit is building one to commemorate the 1987 cyberpunk film RoboCop.
And Baltimore needs a monument to honor John Waters and Divine?
That’s the idea behind a proposal for the city’s newest public monument, which is inspired by a scene from filmmaker Waters’ 1972 movie, Pink Flamingos.
Yes, that scene where Divine, a 300-pound transvestite playing “The Filthiest Person Alive,” eats fresh dog droppings (actual ones) off a Baltimore sidewalk.
Now a group of Waters and Divine fans wants to commemorate that moment in cinematic history – and add a transgressive destination to Baltimore’s tourist map – by creating a monument that marks the spot.
Proponents floated the idea of a “Pink Flamingos Monument” during a recent meeting of the Public Art Commission, which reviews proposals for gifts of art and requests to place art on city-owned property.
Some sort of shrine or alcove, they said, could honor Waters and Divine while answering a frequently-asked question: Where was that scene from Pink Flamingos filmed?
The commissioners, who have sat through their share of provocative proposals, listened intently before rendering a verdict.
“I am appalled,” said panel member Elissa Blount-Moorhead, “that it hasn’t happened before.”
Pink Flamingo Divine Chien (dailymotion.com)
How much is that doggy in the window? (YouTube)
The Pink Flamingos Location (YouTube)
Divine: This Place Designated a Museum (Baltimore Or Less)
Divine and John Waters on “Pink Flamingos” (YouTube excerpt)
Divine on WJZ-TV’s “People Are Talking” (YouTube)