"Q: Is transgression still important to you?
John Waters: Yes, but I never used that word until later, when somebody said it about me. I was always flattered, but I just want my movies to make money. I want to be commercial. I'm never the person who says, 'I don't care if people don't see my movies.' I always want people to see my movies."
–Time Out New York. Interview with John Waters by Terri White. September 4-10, 2014 issue.
That's one of the biggest reasons why I admire John Waters – his ability to integrate the language of transgression into the American mainstream throughout his career. In case you didn't realize, John Waters is a national treasure.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is having a John Waters retrospective "Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take". September 5-14.