Waters Changes his Tune on Eurovision

February 4, 2008 at 8:01 am 3 comments

John Waters

John Waters, Eejit of the Year 2007, has responded stoically to the news that Dustin the Turkey might succeed him as Ireland’s next Eurovision entrant. Waters says:

Don’t forget that we are talking about the Eurovision. It’s fun, it’s kitsch and nobody takes it all that seriously.

In fairness, Waters has always described the Eurovision as part-kitsch. But he has also penned the following philosophical analyses of Eurovision as shifting cultural zeitgeist and pragmatic political project: >>>

John Waters before the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision is, then, about human desire, in all its complex reality. Desire as fantasy, but also desire for something real, substantial and inspirational. It is a strange mix of superficiality and profundity, of light-heartedness and solemnity, of trash, tinsel and intensity… It seeks a new level of cool, beyond solemnity and self-consciousness, as though experimenting with what might be acceptable inside the outer boundary with excess.

John Waters after the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest

If Eurovision’s centre of gravity has drifted east, we need to ask ourselves if we are prepared to do what is necessary to compete and occasionally have a chance of winning. The central questions gravitate around the cultural implications of the still relatively recent collapse of the Berlin Wall. The taste gap between East and West can be addressed in one of only two ways: radical introversion or a more enthusiastic opening up to the new. I prefer the latter. They can’t stop the spring. We can’t stop the spring. Who could possibly want to stop the spring?

John Waters on RTE not fairly judging his 2006 Eurovision entry

Well, fuck them… What happened last year was a complete outrage and what was even more outrageous was the way RTE tried to trivialise it.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. fannywaters  |  February 4, 2008 at 8:04 am

    The Eurovision is stupid.

  • 2. Muddy Waters  |  February 4, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had

  • 3. The other John Waters, Naas  |  February 7, 2008 at 9:15 am

    let get back to the real eurovision and write afew songs so we can stand up and be counted like the old days slan


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