yesterday I told you guys that I had done and interview with iconic director John Waters. The piece appears in the current edition (#392) and comes to the basic conclusion that it's not Waters who has changed, but the world that has caught up with him. I can't think a more prime example of this than one of 2011's breakthrough stars now doing a photoshoot inspired by the man and his muse, the drag queen Divine. Perhaps if Melissa McCarthy really wants that Oscar campaign for Bridesmaids to take off (I'd rather it didn't, but that's another story) then impersonating a female impersonator (?!?) probably isn't the way to go about it, but I love that she did it all the same. I love that a publication (is it still a "publication") like Entertainment Weekly did this in the first place, although they kinda skimped on the photos. The EW website only has two photos!
Of course, what this says about Melissa McCarthy and Divine is questionable. Divine was, after all, a man so having McCarthy in the part seems somewhat counter-productive (and did anybody at EW link these two for reasons other than their fuller figures?), but, on the other hand, how often does the image of Divine (aka Harris Glenn Milstead, by the way) get such big time exposure. Not just Divine, mind you, but Divine in Pink Flamingos. The same Divine in Pink Flamingos that licks her tongue all over a rival filth contender's house. The same Divine in Pink Flamingos that eats dog feces off the street. Yeah, that Divine. Let's be thankful McCarthy didn't recreate Pink Flamingos' "singing arsehole" moment. Sure, it wasn't Divine doing it, but it was divine all the same.