Watch John Waters’ Unconventionally Inspiring Commencement Speech

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John Waters isn’t known for his scholarly works, but he is well-qualified to dole out some life advice to the 2015 graduating class of the Rhode Island School of Design. After all, the director of Hairspray, Cry-babyand Serial Mom has been doing what he loves “for 50 years without ever having to get a real job.” That alone should be inspiring for those graduating from an arts college.

In his commencement address the auteur encouraged graduates to, “Go out in the world and f–k it up beautifully. Design clothes so hideous that they can’t be worn ironically. Horrify us with new ideas. Outrage outdated critics. Use technology for transgression, not lazy social living. Make me nervous!”

He went on to remind the graduates that it’s their “turn to cause trouble – but this time in the real world, and this time from the inside.” Not bad advice from the director who was suspended from high school and kicked out of college in the “first marijuana scandal ever on a university campus,” only to go on to build “a career on negative reviews.”

[H/T Boing Boing]

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