Teabagging! It’s all over the news. It’s so all over, it’s all over!

I first heard this delightful term in an interview with John Waters. I can’t remember where—-maybe Monk magazine? Jesus I’m getting old. That was before Waters’ 1998 film Pecker, which features this phrase (video not quite SFW)

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi9hgqZr6fs]

I did find this Pecker-related interview, where Waters said this:

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!

But my memory is that he was spreading the gospel of this term long before that. The important point, though, is that here’s a term that for all intents and purposes John Waters introduced to the world. And while plenty of commentators used the term “teabagging” to make fun of yesterday’s tax protests, I’m not aware of any hat tips to its creator! Someone get this man on the phone!

Photo from the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Flickr stream