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(Smithsonian Magazine)   Pink flamingos became American upper-class inside joke thanks to certain cult film that just turned 40. John Waters: "The only people who had them had them for real, without irony. My movie wrecked that"   (smithsonianmag.com) divider line 66
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2012-08-27 02:25:35 PM
If you were lucky enough to Purchas a set when Union still made them, you are quite lucky. The only thing better would have been snagging a 50th anniversary golden set. I saw these selling on eBay for over $300 after Union shut their doors.

Their closing created a lot of heartache for the PPF and blowmold collectors.
 
2012-08-27 02:40:39 PM
www.baltimoresun.com
 
2012-08-27 03:46:34 PM
I always thought the height of tackiness was Xmas onaments left up until spring.

Gah!
 
2012-08-27 05:16:08 PM

gopher321: I always thought the height of tackiness was Xmas onaments left up until spring.

Gah!


My neighbor stores his Christmas decorations on his front porch. Seriously.
 
2012-08-27 05:33:57 PM
Oh my God Almighty! Someone has sent me a bowel movement!
 
2012-08-27 05:50:04 PM

gopher321: I always thought the height of tackiness was Xmas onaments left up until spring.

Gah!


oooops should I have not done that?


but two years ago it snowed on March 21 and I turned 'em on. It was the sh*t!

/you come take 'em down then
 
2012-08-27 06:05:11 PM
Roger Ebert on "Pink Flamingos":

I am not giving a star rating to PINK FLAMINGOS, because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.
 
2012-08-27 06:09:35 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Oh my God Almighty! Someone has sent me a bowel movement!


Oh noes, Banna White sent to joo a bowel!

/no.. no.. no...
 
2012-08-27 06:17:07 PM
I've seen Pink Flamingo three times and the second and third times I regretted it within the first 10 minutes.
 
2012-08-27 06:34:51 PM
Oh noes!! I thought eating dog shiat was the ironic thing that caught on... Gah.
 
2012-08-27 07:04:13 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

The Original Hipster
 
2012-08-27 07:35:15 PM

FriarReb98: gopher321: I always thought the height of tackiness was Xmas onaments left up until spring.

Gah!

My neighbor stores his Christmas decorations on his front porch. Seriously.


s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com

s3-media1.ak.yelpcdn.com

where it's christmas every morning!
 
2012-08-27 07:38:38 PM
no the most offensive thing were the porch monkeys that my grandparents had northern Florida
/ it's okay I'm taking it back
 
2012-08-27 07:50:59 PM
As much as I love John Waters, he did not create camp awareness.  Even as a kid I had campdar.
 
I do love his books and I've always wanted to thank him in person for introducing me to the genius that is William Castle and Frederick's of Hollywood.
 
2012-08-27 08:05:36 PM
You couldn't create the Pink Flamingo today. It's a bulky, low density object that doesn't pack efficiently in a shipping container. If a manufacturer was starting from scratch he'd be looking at the fact that each one requires about a minute and a half of labor to paint and pack, and would try to come up with a more cost effective design to have them made in China.

Today it would be made from 3/8" MDF in a tesselating pattern to increase yeild. The bird would just be a sticker on a board and sold for $19.99 plus S&H (but wait, we'll send you two just pay additional S&H).
 
2012-08-27 08:11:14 PM

Uzzah: Roger Ebert on "Pink Flamingos":

I am not giving a star rating to PINK FLAMINGOS, because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.


I love Ebert for his ability to transcend normal ratings.
 
2012-08-27 08:18:19 PM

vernonFL: [www.baltimoresun.com image 600x379]


If that picture had smell-o-vision, it would smell awful.
 
2012-08-27 08:21:36 PM

Fano: Uzzah: Roger Ebert on "Pink Flamingos":

I am not giving a star rating to PINK FLAMINGOS, because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.

I love Ebert for his ability to transcend normal ratings.


And he's right, because you just can't judge Pink Flamingos by the normal standards of any other movie. it's just sort of its own...thing. It exists on its own terms and invents its own rules of what a movie should be as it goes along.

It's a movie that everyone should see...once. But probably not more than once.
 
2012-08-27 08:29:53 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: [upload.wikimedia.org image 175x297]

The Original Hipster


Is there anyone besides old black men who do NOT look like a raging pedophile with a pencil mustache?
 
2012-08-27 08:50:32 PM
where's my damn eggs, egg man?

yes, i have a pink flamingo on my lawn. i used to have two but the other got stolen in some meth fueled 'scavenger hunt' in '03. so it goes.
 
2012-08-27 08:51:56 PM
My dad has pink flamingos in his yard because he thinks they are great. No irony or anything.
 
2012-08-27 08:56:54 PM
No one sends you a turd and expects to live!
 
2012-08-27 09:01:35 PM
That movie may well have triggered the ironic popularity of pink flamingos, but would they have farking exploded the way they did without Miami Vice two years later? Discuss.

In other news, Miami Vice is almost forty years old. What the hell happened to me? My onions hung from a thin belt on pleated tight-fitting slacks. The onions were often hard to see, being concealed by an unconstructed blazer. Get off of my flamingo-covered lawn.
 
2012-08-27 09:06:31 PM

HopScotchNSoda: That movie may well have triggered the ironic popularity of pink flamingos, but would they have farking exploded the way they did without Miami Vice two years later? Discuss.

In other news, Miami Vice is almost forty years old. What the hell happened to me? My onions hung from a thin belt on pleated tight-fitting slacks. The onions were often hard to see, being concealed by an unconstructed blazer. Get off of my flamingo-covered lawn.


Pink Flamingos was 1972. Miami Vice started in 1984. 28 years ago.

Math is hard. Discuss
 
2012-08-27 09:11:37 PM

jj325: Pink Flamingos was 1972. Miami Vice started in 1984. 28 years ago.

Math is hard. Discuss



Oh, thank G-d. I was really feeling old. Bless you.

No sleep for a couple of days.
 
2012-08-27 09:14:47 PM
We have a shiatload of PF paraphernalia. Both on the lawn and inside.
 
2012-08-27 09:20:04 PM

wildcardjack: You couldn't create the Pink Flamingo today. It's a bulky, low density object that doesn't pack efficiently in a shipping container. If a manufacturer was starting from scratch he'd be looking at the fact that each one requires about a minute and a half of labor to paint and pack, and would try to come up with a more cost effective design to have them made in China.

Today it would be made from 3/8" MDF in a tesselating pattern to increase yeild. The bird would just be a sticker on a board and sold for $19.99 plus S&H (but wait, we'll send you two just pay additional S&H).


*AHEM*
 
2012-08-27 09:22:43 PM

AlgertMan: My dad has pink flamingos in his yard because he thinks they are great. No irony or anything.


My dad's association has a specific line item in the association contract forbidding them. And he lives in Minnesota.
 
2012-08-27 09:24:32 PM

gopher321: I always thought the height of tackiness was Xmas onaments left up until spring.

Gah!


You know, I can forgive leaving the lights up too long, because I am a lazy bastard myself sometimes. But for farks sake you don't have to turn them on.
 
2012-08-27 09:31:42 PM

gingerjet: AlgertMan: My dad has pink flamingos in his yard because he thinks they are great. No irony or anything.

My dad's association has a specific line item in the association contract forbidding them. And he lives in Minnesota.


An HOA? F**k them.
 
2012-08-27 09:37:36 PM
"First designed in 1957, the fake birds are natives not of Florida but of Leominster, Massachusetts, which bills itself as the Plastics Capital of the World."

Hells yeah baby... represent.
 
2012-08-27 09:38:48 PM
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-08-27 09:41:50 PM
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2012-08-27 09:53:23 PM

kroonermanblack: The All-Powerful Atheismo: [upload.wikimedia.org image 175x297]

The Original Hipster

Is there anyone besides old black men who do NOT look like a raging pedophile with a pencil mustache?


www.bellenews.com
I dunno, I get a bit of a pedo vibe from this guy.
 
2012-08-27 09:54:07 PM

mr lawson: wildcardjack: You couldn't create the Pink Flamingo today. It's a bulky, low density object that doesn't pack efficiently in a shipping container. If a manufacturer was starting from scratch he'd be looking at the fact that each one requires about a minute and a half of labor to paint and pack, and would try to come up with a more cost effective design to have them made in China.

Today it would be made from 3/8" MDF in a tesselating pattern to increase yeild. The bird would just be a sticker on a board and sold for $19.99 plus S&H (but wait, we'll send you two just pay additional S&H).

*AHEM*




Google makes it hard for those of us who thrive on making wild and exaggerated points with which ass-pulled data is being applied.
 
2012-08-27 10:03:42 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: kroonermanblack: The All-Powerful Atheismo: [upload.wikimedia.org image 175x297]

The Original Hipster

Is there anyone besides old black men who do NOT look like a raging pedophile with a pencil mustache?

[www.bellenews.com image 300x300]
I dunno, I get a bit of a pedo vibe from this guy.


He's not a Republican senator. He's probably safe.
 
2012-08-27 10:06:10 PM

velvet_fog: B.L.Z. Bub: kroonermanblack: The All-Powerful Atheismo: [upload.wikimedia.org image 175x297]

The Original Hipster

Is there anyone besides old black men who do NOT look like a raging pedophile with a pencil mustache?

[www.bellenews.com image 300x300]
I dunno, I get a bit of a pedo vibe from this guy.

He's not a Republican senator. He's probably safe.


Ahem.

/no pedo-stache
//just creepy eyes
 
2012-08-27 10:23:36 PM

gopher321: I always thought the height of tackiness was Xmas onaments left up until spring.

Gah!


I still have a cross wrapped up in christmas lights that I made for 2010 standing proudly on the front of the dutch hip over my garage. It's less tacky than the lights I left up for 6 years.
 
2012-08-27 10:49:37 PM
I've never seen that movie, and I have three pink flamingos.
 
2012-08-27 10:51:32 PM
John Waters work has had huge influence on my life. I hope to one day meet Mr.Waters, have him autograph me and I will go directly to a tattoo parlor for permanent ink.

John Waters, Frank Zappa, Andy Warhol and The Marx Brothers are IMHO the greatest Americans who ever lived. If I had the money & power their faces would be on Mt.Rushmore.
 
2012-08-27 10:57:11 PM
Dat Eggman
 
2012-08-27 11:05:53 PM
home.comcast.net

do i have to do every thing around here?


.....sigh
 
2012-08-27 11:13:25 PM

I put John Waters and Tom Waits in a similar category. I respect them and I appreciate what they do, but I'm not a fan of their art. I enjoy reading what they have to say, and always tune in when they are interviewed on TV or the radio. I like these artists but not their art. Not that they share much in common, but my feelings for them. I like knowing they are out there doing their respective things, though their respective things don't do much for me. I've met John Waters a few times and he's as cool and gracious and witty as anyone could imagine. I love him, but I don't like his movies. I like Tom Waits and his weirdness, but I rarely listen to him. Both acquired tastes, artistically, but both forces of nature. I want them both to create and defy and confuse people for ever. I love knowing that there are cool people out there that just don't give a fark about what any of us think of their products.

Oh, and, since this a sorta Baltimore thread, I must say:

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and this one, just because:
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2012-08-27 11:23:17 PM
Pink flamingoes aren't that common in Australia.

Tyre Swans however...

thebegavalley.org.au

gardencuriosities.com.au

www.groupthink.com.au
 
2012-08-28 12:45:16 AM
hearing the words pink or flamingo in any form or combination, always makes me think of the entertainment at the party in the movie. for some reason mr. pink sock/ distended anus guy is burnt into the back of my mind and it doesnt take much to refresh my memory. like a bad song stuck in your head all day...
 
2012-08-28 12:58:57 AM
I think Pink Flamingos was the film where I first saw:

1. Someone performing fellatio
2. Sperm injection with a turkey baster thing
3. Man sticking a chicken under the covers
4. Divine eating poo

There may be other firsts but I've seemed to blocked them from memory.
 
2012-08-28 01:20:13 AM

aNihilV10L8tr: hearing the words pink or flamingo in any form or combination, always makes me think of the entertainment at the party in the movie. for some reason mr. pink sock/ distended anus guy is burnt into the back of my mind and it doesnt take much to refresh my memory. like a bad song stuck in your head all day...


Same.

/have a flamingo on the patio
//not cuza the movie, just cuz it was on clearance @ target for $.75
 
2012-08-28 04:56:08 AM

pute kisses like a man: FriarReb98: gopher321: I always thought the height of tackiness was Xmas onaments left up until spring.

Gah!

My neighbor stores his Christmas decorations on his front porch. Seriously.

[s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com image 533x400]

[s3-media1.ak.yelpcdn.com image 300x400]

where it's christmas every morning!


Dave Clements is more awesome than any human being should be allowed to be.
 
2012-08-28 05:04:27 AM

kroonermanblack: The All-Powerful Atheismo: [upload.wikimedia.org image 175x297]

The Original Hipster

Is there anyone besides old black men who do NOT look like a raging pedophile with a pencil mustache?


William Powell frowns upon your aspersions. Or at least arches his eyebrows skeptically at them.
 
2012-08-28 07:11:55 AM
BUPPBUPPA OO MUH MOW MOW, OO MUH MOO MOW MAH MOW! OO MUH MOW MOW, OO MUH MOO MOW MAH MOW! OO MUH MOW MOW, OO MUH MOO MOW MAH MOW! OO MUH MOW MOW, OO MUH MOO MOW MAH MOW!

/Enjoy your brain-shiver as it cannot unsee
 
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