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Friday, December 10, 2010

John Waters Explains His Love for S.F. Muni, the Roxie Theater, and Die Antwoord

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And of course people always have the chance to run into you randomly.

Well, if they ride public transportation, they do. Because I told you, my idea of a vacation is to ride public transit in San Francisco, I absolutely love it. I took a bus recently that I've never taken before, that just stops at this most incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. The only thing I've ever caused controversy with is saying I like San Francisco public transportation. I want to be the ad for the public transportation. I think they should pay me, because I really push how good it is every time. Recently they cut back a little, so I noticed I had to wait like one minute longer and I still thought it seemed okay. And it's always a drama. My favorite is to come home from Zuni's after two drinks at 11 o'clock at night and get on that beautiful streetcar -- well there's two -- the J is my favorite, it's like being in Amarcord to get on it. Then you turn around, and it's full, and every person is out of their mind -- but in a nice way. It's not scary. The drivers are insane. Everyone is insane and happy, or even if they're not happy, they seem -- it's like, ship of fools. It's really a great feeling to be on a streetcar filled with desire.

So you said you like the J?

The J is the one that I think is the most beautiful, that goes up in the hills, that winds its way around like an inch from people's houses. But what's the old streetcar that runs along market, is that the F?

That's the F.

I love that one, too. That's the one coming home from Zuni's. It's the ship of fools, my favorite.

Do you ever go to concerts in the city or get music here?

I buy music but I don't go to concerts that much. I used to go them [at the] Deaf Club. I used to go there. I like to play music, I don't need to see it, really. And I do buy CDs, I'm an old person.

What kind of CDs you buying these days?

Oh, everything from classical music to, hey, I just got in the mail today Kid Rock's new one. I listen to all kinds. I love rap music -- I listen to all kinds.

Who's your favorite rapper?

Hmm. These days, I don't like so much the gangster ones, all the ones I like, who is the guy in A Tribe Called Quest? I guess they're old school ones. But I know -- that African one, the South African one. The bald-headed guy and the young girl?

Oh, Die Antwoord?

Them. That's the one I've been playing the most recently.

You like that one?

Yes. And who's the one in London that always sings about geezers?

Oh, the Streets, Mike Skinner.

Yeah, him. Those are my two. He's hardly new. The South African ones are the only ones that are new, but I like them a lot.

Do you think they're being sincere? This is the big question about them.

Who cares? I don't care. I'm not asking them to do an act of contrition for me. They just look good and sound good, and it gets me in the mood to go out.

Okay, last question: Is there any kind of humor that you think is off limits?

Certainly. I think humor that's trying too hard. Not off-limits, but you shouldn't make Jew jokes if you're not a Jew. Age jokes aren't that funny unless you have it. There are people who can tell each kind of ethnic joke, but I think it helps if you are that person. Or if you're telling it from the exactly right viewpoint, which is tricky. I'm not saying anything is off limits for humor, but certainly some of the best humor is about things that aren't funny. I mean I have made a career out of making movies, making comedies about things that aren't funny in real life, but they certainly can be magically funny on the movie screen. So yeah. It's pretty hard to make racist jokes that are funny, but I'm not saying it's impossible. It's just harder. It's almost impossible to make a mean joke about a woman if you're a straight man.

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