One of my favorite ironies is that there exists a writer/speaker celebrity in Ireland named– John Waters– who frequently pops up in my Internet searches. The comparison with our American John Waters brings frequent laughs, like they are from similar, but warped universes.
The Irish Waters is known for his own fringe ideas that include things like refusing to use email, the dangers of the Internet (because it’s 70% porn), and the under-appreciated problem of physical abuse of men by women.
Here’s a notice from Ireland’s Kerry Times for an upcoming appearance. :
“Author and columnist John Waters is to give a public talk in Kerry tomorrow night (Monday) on the subject of faith. This is the Catholic Year of Faith and the talk has been organised by the Diocese of Kerry. It will take place in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney at 8pm, free of charge. John Waters has been giving public talks on spirituality for the past two years. He finds that people are often relieved when they are offered a different way of looking at things.”
“Waters (Irish) voiced his opposition to gay marriage stating that it was “potentially destructive of the very fabric of Irish society.” He was also a fervent supporter of the U.S. invasion of Iraq because there was so much proof of Saddam Hussain’s possession of WMDs.
Two areas in which the Irish John Waters and the American John Waters differ greatly are that the Irishman speaks for free in Catholic churches, and had a daughter with Sinead O’connor. These are things the American Waters would never do in your wildest dreams.
I wonder if they’ve ever met. Oh, to be able to see them on stage together!