Divine Punishment


Got a chuckle out of this letter to the editor in my alumni magazine:

I was dismayed when I opened my copy of Virginia Magazine and found a short article celebrating the appearance of John Waters at the Virginia Film Festival (“Filthy Fun,” Spring 2010).

It is to my shame and regret that I admit to attending a late night showing of his Pink Flamingos in Wilson Hall in the spring of 1975. I remain haunted to this day not by the “fun” of attending the film, but by the fact that it was my first experience with true pornography.

The invitation by the U.Va. arts community to host Mr. Waters is a profound commentary on our social order today. Surely a host could have been found to help celebrate light, goodness and truth in the arts, rather than one who will lead minds and hearts into the descent into the shadows of the soul.

Dr. Kent D. (Col ’76)
Plymouth, Mich.

Shadows of the Soul, Exhibit A



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  • http://www.gopetition.com/online/18938.html Hieronymus Fortesque Lickspittle

    Pink Flamingos, still shocking after all these years. How awesome!

  • http://mooretoons.com Kevin Moore

    I certainly blame Jon Waters for corrupting my soul. Thank you, Baby Jeebuz!

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

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