John Waters On Hitchhiking: It’s Better Than Grindr [WATCH]


National treasure John Waters dropped by The Colbert Report last night to discuss his new book, Carsick, which details his hitchhiking trip across these United States, from Baltimore to San Francisco.

Before embarking on his journey, John tells Stephen, he imagined best- and worst-case scenarios; the best (obviously) being “sex in a demolition derby in the car, in the race.”

“John,” Stephen interjects, “that is the definiton of unsafe sex.”

As for John’s best actual ride: a young Republican from Maryland who drove him to Ohio, where the mustachioed filmmaker promptly disquieted the boy’s parents. Though they didn’t end up in a demolition derby, the GOPer and Waters developed a nice little “bromance.”

Having thumbed his way across America, Waters suggests everybody try it out. It might even be better than Grindr. “You don’t need to go on dating sites,” he says, “just go hitchhiking.”

And that, kids, is why we have backseats.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat