All those Kevin Smith
fans out there (and I know you're there; you're all over the damn Web
) will remember the scene in Chasing Amy
where the heroes go to a club approximately the size of Madison Square Garden
, get trashed
, have a gr
eat time, meet a wonderful girl and stare at her in shock when she starts kissing another woman. And then, and only then, do the heroes realize that they have found the most fantasized-about, and impractical
, destination any adolescent comic book geek
could hope for: a Real Live Lesbian Bar
. Not too smart, these Kevin Smith characters.
What is my point? Merely this: the bar is supposed to be the Meow Mix. Mind you, the actual bar is about a quarter the size of that set. But anyway. (Note: I am informed by yossarian that at least some parts of that scene were, all appearances to the contrary, actually filmed in the real Mix. But anyway...)
An interesting variant of this scene was played out in my presence last New Year's Eve, when I stupidly invited a group of friends who hadn't managed to make any real plans to come to the Meow Mix, where some acquaintances of mine were playing. Unfortunately, I forgot/didn't bother to tell them it was a lesbian bar. Most nights it doesn't really matter, since the crowd there is pretty, well, mixed. But on New Year's, it looked like every dyke in NYC had made plans to be there. It was a fire hazard. It was sweaty. It was happy and horny and loud, and it was loads of fun. But a few of my friends have never quite forgiven me for this experience.