As an In Your Face to the Park51 mosque project that is proposed for a site near Ground Zero, wannabe funny man and TV personality Greg Gutfeld has announced his intentions to open a gay bar near Ground Zero that will cater to both Muslims and non Muslims. In.Your.Face. Gutfeld says that:
the goal, however, is not simply to open a typical gay bar, but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith. The bar will be open all day and night, to accommodate men who would rather keep their sexuality under wraps - but still want to dance.Cheeky idea, but there are a few flaws.
First of all, there isn't a gay bar in New York that doesn't already cater to customers that may happen to be Muslim. There are no signs outside the Cock or the Dug Out that ban turbans or burkas, and no one would look at you funny if you sipped on club soda as you dished about what those crazy Real Housewives have gotten themselves into now.
Second of all, if you think that trying to build a mosque near Ground Zero is an uphill battle, then trying to get a liquor license approved for a bar that is being opened simply to mock a mosque will be like climbing K2 by walking backwards. Community Board 1 will never approve a multi story bar that could be labeled a potential terrorist threat and simultaneously require a cabaret license! Imagine if the mosque was never built and the bar's business dried up - the Muslim friendly gay bar could become the next Greenhouse!
· Monday's Gregalogue - My New Gay Bar [The Daily Gut]
· Park51 Coverage [Curbed NY]