Denver's independent source of local news and culture. Ask a Mexican. Gustavo Arellano October 16, AM. Dear Mexican: I've heard that the Tijuana donkey show featuring a female whore is not real other than the fact that they do bring out a donkey and do some simulation for people who are drunk.
Down-Low Loco. Dear Gabacho: You're right. And after months of research, the Mexican can confirm the full history of donkey shows, the supposed borderlands specialty in which women have sex with donkeys before a live, paying audience. None of the "Tijuana Bibles," the infamous X-rated comics of the Great Depression that showed all sorts of depredations, make any mention of such shows south of the border.
The excellent anthology, Tijuana Bibles: Art and Wit in America's Forbidden Funnies, ss, even points out that the foul funnies got their name not because they were made in Mexico, but "as a gleefully sacrilegious pre-NAFTA slur against Mexicans". The earliest published even mentioning donkey sex shows in Mexico doesn't pop up untilin the book Binding With Briars: Sex and Sin in the Catholic Church.
Before that, mentions of "donkey shows" in newspapers, books, or magazines were exactly that: donkeys on display at county fairs, and nothing else. But after porn star Linda Lovelace claimed her then-husband was going to force her to get "fucked by a donkey in Juarez, Mexico" in her memoir, Ordealthe act quickly seeped into mainstream American culture Lovelace was living in Denver at the time.
Three years later, the search for a donkey show in Tijuana was a plot point in the Tom Cruise film Losin' It; by the mids, a pioneering ska band — based out of San Diego, no less — called itself the Donkey Show. Really, the biggest culprit in spreading the donkey-show myth is Hollywood: In the past decade alone, there's been mention of the act in at least a dozen high-profile projects, from The Year-Old Virgin to Two and a Half Men and more. This proves once again that Hollywood's stereotyping of Mexicans hasn't changed in a century — but what else can you expect from screenwriters notwithstanding the awesome writers at the new ABC sitcom Cristela and the upcoming Fox cartoon Bordertownfor which I'm a consultant who know Mexicans mostly as their nannies, car washers, gardeners, cooks and janitors?
Are there sex shows between humans and animals in Mexico? I'm sure there are, just as there are in the United States. In fact, the earliest I could find of people paying to see a woman-donkey coupling is in the November issue of the St. Louis-based medical journal The Urologic and Cutaneous Reviewin which a doctor recalled a case 25 years earlier at which spectators at such a show including "a judge, sons of a social reformer, and a secretary of a girls' aid society" were criminally tried after a woman died during the copulation.
But leave it to gabachos to stereotype such debauchery as being as exclusively Mexican as the Aztec pyramids and a corrupt government. Pinche gabachos. the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.
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