As In So Much Else, We Have John Waters To Thank For "Teabagging"

Perhaps you've been aware of the teabagging craze sweeping the nation, in which proud American redneck racists attempt at rallies to respark the flame of liberty across this great land, etc, etc, mostly by calling Obama a socialist. John Galt may also be involved. Now, proud City Paper blogger Andrew Beaujon comes through with a potential origin story explaining both from where the phrase "teabagging," as ball-dangling-sex-slang--rather than whatever the Republicans thought it was when they commandeered it--comes from, and even better, why the teagbaggers had no idea what they were doing to themselves. They don't watch John Waters movies!

Beaujon tracks down an interview with Waters that dates back to the Pecker press cycle:

    Q: In Pecker, people from New York come to Baltimore and get "teabagged." Is that a real thing?

    A: It's a "term." I saw it once in that bar, when someone hits you on your forehead with their balls! All heterosexual women have been "teabagged," if they had oral sex, or, accidentally, if a guy getting out of bed in the morning has to crawl to the other side! But I exaggerate: people don't go to that bar to get "teabagged" or anything. Even gay people don't know the term. It's obscure, but I hope my movie will make "teabagging" a pastime. [He laughs again.] It's safe!

And, lo and behold, teabagging is a full blown pastime in 2009. Add this to the list--Baltimore, drag queens, funny moustaches--of hilarious things for which we already have Waters to thank. Now all that's left is the immortal Fox News/Waters tense interview, in which he explains to those guys once and for all what's with all this 'teabagging' business.

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