Taxi drivers in Tijuana, Mexico offer tourists a ride to see a donkey show in the red light district. The shows are difficult to verify and may be urban legends, but anecdotal accounts are frequent. Author Jim Dawson writes: "No doubt there are clandestine clubs that have put these sordid floorshows on display, but if every man who claims he actually saw one is telling the truth, there must be a lot of bowlegged women hobbling around Tijuana."
However, the real myth is the location of the show: police restrictions make it impossible for donkey shows to be held in Tijuana. A donkey is laid on its back in the middle of the dance floor, its legs are restrained, and then a woman performs sexual acts on the donkey while the customers cheer.
The "donkey show" myth is deeply embedded in US popular culture, and it is one of the main reasons for visiting Tijuana, with tourists going up and down La Coahuila street, unsuccessfully trying to find the show. "Local guides" will get paid for telling tourists that the show is held at a certain club, where the tourists will spend their money on alcohol until they realize they were cheated or they get tired of waiting. Some guides, including some taxi drivers, will occasionally lure the tourists into dark streets to mug them.
More recently the term has been used to describe a situation that has become a "complete mess".
A fictional account appeared in the 1984 film Bachelor Party with Tom Hanks. It had a quaalude-popping, cocaine-snorting donkey at the bachelor party ready to perform a donkey show, who dies of a drug overdose. In the 2005 book The Godfather Returns written by Mark Winegardner. In the story Fredo Corleone's wife Dustin Dunn insists they attend one. The passage reads: "on a whim, they'd headed to Mexico. When they'd gotten there, Deanna Dunn, insisted on going to see a donkey show. ... who thought that watching a donkey fuck a teenage Indian girl was a hoot." In the 2006 film Clerks II the character Randal Graves sets up a surprise going away party for Dante Hicks at Mooby's where he hires "Kinky Kelly and the Sexy Stud". The reviewer Joel Siegel wrote that he was revolted by the scene in which the donkey show is discussed and walked out of the movie. He said: "It was so foul and mean and repulsive. I finally realized I could not say anything positive ... I wasn't ready for this kind of smut ... I hope [director Kevin Smith] doesn't make any more movies." In the 2007 movie The Heartbreak Kid Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan are tricked in to a small theater with false advertising but instead find a donkey show. In the fourth season, episode one of Showtimes hit series "Weeds", Donkey show is mentioned
- ↑ "Foreign Affairs". Los Angeles Magazine 45 (6). June 1, 2000. http://books.google.com/books?id=W18EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA103&dq=%22donkey+show%22+mexico&ei=jY7US8fxMKa4ywSK2py7DA&cd=9#v=onepage&q=%22donkey%20show%22%20mexico&f=false. Retrieved 2010-04-25. "... 'the donkey show,' which highlighted a Catherine the Great-style coupling between ..."
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Jim Dawson (1999). Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of the Fart. ISBN 1580080111. http://books.google.com/books?id=RLSXmhudzOQC&pg=PA155&dq=%22donkey+show%22+mexico&ei=jY7US8fxMKa4ywSK2py7DA&cd=10#v=onepage&q=%22donkey%20show%22%20mexico&f=false. "There was a time when guys would boast of having seen a girl-and-donkey show in Tijuana, Mexico. No doubt there are clandestine clubs that have put these ..."
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Tijuana Donkey Show". Greensboring.com. May 3, 2006. http://greensboring.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=328. Retrieved 2009-08-08. "So what is a Tijuana Donkey Show, you may be wondering? ... the "authentico" version usually is held in a dirt floor bar or "discoteca" (a dance floor) where patrons are taxi-cabbed in, (The cabbies get a cut) and then are enticed to purchase large amounts of cerveza (beer) or gamble, while waiting for the "main event" of a beautiful, scantly clad Latina woman (not to mention handsomely paid) arousing a restrained donkey lying on its back. ..."
- ↑ New West. 1981. http://books.google.com/books?id=CUIcAQAAIAAJ&q=donkey+show+mexico&dq=donkey+show+mexico&hl=en&ei=KIzUS4PNN8OAlAfoqPHsDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA. "One of the drivers offered to drive me to a donkey show. In Tijuana's past the donkey show was always rumored to exist, ..."
- ↑ "Ethnic, sexual slurs pervade bar". Denver Post. June 8, 2005. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DP&p_theme=dp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=10A9D60C5B674690&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2010-05-21. "Although donkey shows in Tijuana and other border towns are impossible to verify , the Internet is rife with anecdotal accounts of brothel bestiality. ..."
- ↑ "On the Borders". Chicago Tribune. March 17, 2002. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/110574124.html?dids=110574124:110574124&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Mar+17,+2002&author=&pub=Chicago+Tribune&desc=On+the+borders&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2010-05-21. "I did ask Ricardo Lizarraga about Tijuana donkey shows. He laughed. I havent heard the donkey show rumor in years he said. It's like an urban legend ..."
- ↑ Alejandro L. Madrid, Alejandro Luis Madrid-González (2008). Nor-tec rifa!: electronic dance music from Tijuana to the world. Currents in Iberian and Latin American Music (illustrated ed.). Oxford University Press US. pp. 16, 115, 145, 217 (footnote 2), 220 (footnote 41). ISBN 0195342623, 9780195342628. http://books.google.es/books?id=Q2W6uYsvqroC.
- ↑ Jonathon Green (2005). Cassell's dictionary of slang. Sterling Publishing Company. http://books.google.com/books?id=5GpLcC4a5fAC&pg=PA428&dq=%22donkey+show%22+sex&ei=sqfzS6XUEZXakQSzncnZBw&cd=2#v=onepage&q=%22donkey%20show%22%20sex&f=false. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
- ↑ Freedman, Richard (1984-07-06). "'Bachelor Party' Is Just A Bit Better Than Par For Summer Entertainment". Spartanburg Herald-Journal: pp. D3. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ezwsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cM4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5518,1905976&dq=bachelor-party+donkey+tom-hanks&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
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- ↑ Mark Winegardner (2005). The Godfather Returns. p. 252. http://books.google.com/books?id=oxnEQ29L2LgC&pg=PA252&dq#v=onepage&q&f=false. "Last night, they'd taken their wives and gone out on the town, such as it was. On a whim, they'd headed to Mexico. When they'd gotten there, Deanna Dunn insisted on going to see a donkey show. Charlotte, at least as of this morning, ..."
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- ↑ Kevin Smith. "My Boring Ass Life". http://silentbobspeaks.com/?p=263. Retrieved 2010-04-25. "I can’t fault Mr. Siegel for feeling 'revolted' (his producer’s description of Joel’s reaction) by our flick; in truth, there is a donkey show in it, and I recognize that brand of whimsy might not be for everybody. Film appreciation is very subjective, and maybe Joel just isn’t into ass-to-mouth conversations."
- ↑ Leavenworth, Jesse (July 21, 2006). "When A Critic Walks Out Of A Movie. Siegel Blasted For Noisy Clerks II Departure". Hartford Courant. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/courant/access/1081126681.html?dids=1081126681:1081126681&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jul+21,+2006&author=JESSE+LEAVENWORTH;+Courant+Staff+Writer&pub=Hartford+Courant&desc=WHEN+A+CRITIC+WALKS+OUT+OF+A+MOVIE+;+SIEGEL+BLASTED+FOR+NOISY+`CLERKS+II'+DEPARTURE&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2010-05-21. "According to a New York Post story Wednesday, [Joel Siegel] chose Option 3. The film critic for ABC later told a Post reporter, "It was so foul and mean and repulsive. I finally realized I could not say anything positive . . . I wasn't ready for this kind of smut . . . I hope [director Kevin Smith] doesn't make any more movies.""