Black SplatPink Flamingos (1972)

"Kill everyone now! Condone first degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit! Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!"

Pink Flamingos - Divine as Babs Johnson

Description: Divine as Babs Johnson revels in her notoriety as "the filthiest person alive" in the cult motion picture Pink Flamingos (1972).

Divine lives undercover from the authorities in a Maryland trailer park as Babs Johnson with her dysfunctional family, including her depraved, sex-crazed son, Crackers (Danny Mills) and her obese, mentally-challenged mother, Edie (Edith Massey) who is kept in a playpen in the kitchen. Edie loves to eat eggs and eventually marries the egg delivery man (Paul Swift). Also in Bab's life is Cotton (Mary Vivian Pearce) her female lover and fellow partner in crime.

Pink Flamingos - Trailer home of Babs Johnson

Pink Flamingos - Bab's mom in playpen

All is well in Bab's filthy little world until cross-town criminals Connie and Raymond Marbles (David Lochary and Mink Stole) announce that they want to be known as "The Filthiest People Alive." The Marbles are heroin dealers who sell babies on the black market to lesbian couples and keep the teenagers who supply the children locked in their basement. For fun, Mr. Marbles ties sausage to his private parts and exposes himself to women and then steals their purses.

"Even with the hectic events of the day, Raymond Marble still finds time to satisfy his perverted urges. Watch, as he not only commits another act of indecent exposure, but adds to this social horror by making his wife wait in the car. Is there no shame?" - Mr. J, the Narrator

Connie Marble: You can eat shit as far as I'm concerned, Miss Sandstone, or eat anything you like, or do anything you like, just don't assume that I want to know your troubles. Now if you wouldn't mind, I'm a busy woman with a full day's work ahead of me. Please remove yourself from my office!
Sandy Sandstone: You're a real CUNT, do you know that? A real fucking CUNT! How can you be so shitty to people? How can you STAND yourself?
Connie Marble: I guess there's just two kinds of people, Miss Sandstone: MY kind of people, and assholes. It's rather obvious which category you fit into. Have a nice day.
Sandy Sandstone: [flipping both middle fingers] Eat the bird, bitch!

Pink Flamingos - Connie Marbles reads about Divine

To introduce their filthy intentions, The Marbles send Divine a birthday present (addressed to "Fatso") filled with human feces. Insulted at such a gift, Babs says, "Now we must outfilth the asshole or assholes that sent us this, and then they must die!"

Pink Flamingos - Crackers, Babs and Cotton read a nasty letter

When the day of the birthday party arrives, The Marbles complain to the police to put a damper on Divine's party, but when the police arrive Babs kills the police with an axe and offers up their body parts as party food for her guests.

Pink Flamingos - Divine gets a pig dead for a present

At the party, Divine receives such presents as a bottle of lice shampoo, and a pig's head. Entertainment at the shindig features a topless woman with a snake, and a naked contortionist who puckers his ass and syncs his asshole to the Trashmen’s song ‘Surfin’ Bird’.

Pink Flamingos - Divine licks a stair railing

After the party, Divine and her son, Crackers go to the Marble's home, lick their possessions, have an incestuous romp with each other ("Do my balls, Mama!"), and release two kidnapped teenage girls held in the basement. Then Divine cuts off the balls of Channing (Channing Wilroy), the Marble's homosexual butler. He was the one impregnating the girls, and so the lose of his manhood seemed appropriate justice.

Pink Flamingos - Bab's trailer is vandalized by the Marbles

Pink Flamingos - The Marbles captured and gagged

Meanwhile, the Marbles burn Divine's mobile home trailer to the ground. This is the last straw so Divine kidnaps her rivals, binds and gaggs them to a tree and puts them through a kangaroo court declaring them guilty of "first-degree stupidity" and "assholism." Witnessing the strange event are members of the local media whom hear Babs declare:

"Blood does more than turn me on, it makes me come. And more than the sight of it, I love the taste of it. The taste of hot, freshly killed blood...Kill everyone now! Condone first degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit! Filth are my politics! Filth is my life! Take whatever you like.."

Pink Flamingos - The Marbles tied to a tree

At the conclusion of the trial, Divine shoots Connie and Raymond in the head on live TV. Nat Curzan from "The Tattler" asks, "And Cotton... I notice a smile on your lips. Does murder make you happy? Cotton replies, "Murder merely relieves tension, Mr. Curzan. For murder to bring happiness, one must already be happy and I am- completely at peace with myself, totally happy."

With her revenge complete, Divine splits town for Idaho. Later, we see Divine, Crackers and Cotton strolling down a street in Boise. When Divine sees a dog leaving a little present on the sidewalk. She picks it up and eats it.

Pink Flamingos - Babs picks up a dog turd

Mr. J. the narrator (John Waters) leaves the viewing audience with this final message:

"The filthiest people alive? Well, you think you know someone filthier? Watch as Divine proves that not only is she the filthiest person in the world, she's also the filthiest actress in the world! What you are about to see is THE REAL THING!"

Pink Flamingos - Movie Poster

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