Thursday 18 January 2018

It's a matter of grave importance when a decent man is monstered

It may seem weird, writes Declan Lynch, but John Waters is not a natural agitator, always up for a march from Parnell Square

John Waters pictured for Sunday Independent. Picture; Gerry Mooney
John Waters pictured for Sunday Independent. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Here and there, a voice will be raised in support or in defence of John Waters. The broadcaster John Bowman, the academic and journalist Elaine Byrne, the musician Sinead O'Connor, some guy on Twitter who runs a sports betting website.

There is not much obviously connecting these voices, they may be referring to different aspects of the various controversies in which Waters is involved, but if there is any pattern it is a general sense of opposition to the prevailing wisdom.

Like the journalist or the broadcaster, the betting man would be a sceptic by profession, forever observing the vast majority of people taking their information from the wrong sources, reaching the wrong conclusions, acting on the wrong impulses.

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