Friday, January 01, 2010

Divine Coprophagia

Here at Dog Fouling & Red Rubber Bands HQ we received an anonymous package from a blog reader over the festive period.

The package contained a DVD of "Pink Flamingos" and a piece of paper with only one word on it - Coprophagia.

Wikipedia quickly gave me the definition for the word, "Coprophagia is the consumption of faeces, from the Greek κόπρος copros ("faeces") and φαγεῖν phagein ("to eat")."
How interesting I thought - you learn something new everyday ... but what is the relevance of the DVD I hear you ask ?

Pink Flamingos is a 1972 American transgressive comedy directed by John Waters. When the film was initially released, it caused a huge degree of controversy and thus became one of the most notorious cult films ever made. It made an underground star of the flamboyant female impersonator, Divine.

Still none the wiser ?

Then allow me to link everything together ...

The infamous ending to Pink Flamingos starts as Crackers, Cotton and Divine walk down the street, where they spot a dog and its owner.

The dog defecates on the sidewalk and Divine sits down next to it.

She takes the faeces in her hand and puts it in her mouth, proving as the narrator states, she is "not only the filthiest person in the world, but is also the filthiest actress in the world".

Now it takes a strong stomach to watch this clip - so be warned. But take solice in the fact that you have now learnt a new word that you can confidently throw into everyday conversation and use to win when you next play Scrabble.

The DVD is still available on Amazon, has a kickin' soundtrack and was voted No:29 in the 50 Films To See Before You Die poll.

I'm off for a quick bite to eat :-)


Crazy Horse said...

Gross or what!

Peter Arronsen at 3 Jan 2010, 19:37:00 said...

Although a little gross, this does make a valid point. If we don't combat the menace of dog fouling, people will become so accustomed to the streets being plastered that they will regard dog faeces as food.

We must not allow this to happen!

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