March 27, 2013

Smokin’ Hot Gigolos?

GigolosYears ago, there used to be a TV commercial for an audio tape in which the announcer asked, “Is it real, or is it Memorex?” The presumption being, of course, that the sound quality of the tape is so good listeners can’t tell whether they’re hearing an actual, real performance or an audiotape recording. That analogy describes a little bit how I felt recently when I happened to catch a couple episodes of the Showtime “reality” series, Gigolos.

Have you seen this show? For the uninitiated, here’s the scoop. The show takes place in Las Vegas and is about five guys who work for Cowboys4Angels escort service. They spend plenty of time escorting women out of their clothes, and much of the show is scenes of the guys with their “dates,” showing the ladies a good time in and out of the bedroom. Showtime’s official site for the show describes it like this: “Showtime presents an extremely rare and uncensored look into the personal and professional lives of five hot guys in Vegas who like to hang out, have fun and get girls, but in their case they get paid for it.”

I can certainly be on board with looking at hot guys. Having them frequently taking their clothes off doesn’t hurt, either. Oh, and did I mention, they’re extremely hot. Their bodies, I mean. Their faces aren’t exactly tough to look at, either, and they spend a lot of time in every episode having lots of sex with various women.  So OK, so far, so good. But the thing is, Gigolos is served up as a “reality” show. As in, this is really how life is for these guys. You know, like how we know what Kim Kardashians’ life is like (if, in our weaker moments, we’ve kept up with the Kardashians). Or how we know the struggles people go through who strive to be The Biggest Loser? Or who try to break their hoarding habits. You get my point. With Gigolos, though, there is ample speculation that this reality show is about as real as Victoria Beckham’s bubbies.

According to thedailybeast.com, Gigolos is so fake that “it raises the question of whether the profession exists.” In the article about the show, writer Richard Abowitz says he reached a woman who appeared on the show who says she views her appearance as nothing more than “an acting gig.” She says it’s entirely fictional and that the sex was simulated for the camera. Hmmm. Well, that certainly doesn’t bode well for the “reality” of Gigolos.

Then again, do I care? Do I really feel duped by learning that some elements on reality shows aren’t real at all? The people in  Survivor competitions aren’t actually “surviving” in the classical definition of the word, meaning “to remain alive or in existence.” After all, it’s not like the producers would let someone die on one of those islands. So should I really get my panties in a twist from learning that the Gigolos might not actually be gigolos? Ummmm . . . nah. Instead, what I’m going to do is sit back and watch Nick, Vin, Brace, Steven, and Ash romp about Vegas, take their clothes off, have hot sex with beautiful women, and tell me all about it.

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  • Misty Dietz

    That was entertaining! Wish I had Showtime. Maybe Netflix carries it… 😀

    Reply to Misty Dietz
    • Post authorElizabeth Shore

      Netflix definitely carries it, so you can check it out for yourself and see what you think. 🙂

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    • kate demi

      Netflix only carries Season one, which is the only one in DVD. I don’t know why Showtime never released S2 and S3. S4 begins next Thursday on 4/18/13. Be careful. This show is addicting!

      Reply to kate demi
      • madelineiva

        That’s right, Kate, they suck you in!

        Reply to madelineiva
  • Jenny Lyn (@JennyLynwrites)

    Maybe it’s the picture, but none of those men do anything for me. The one in the middle is built from the neck down. I dunno. If they looked like Henry Cavill, then yeah, I’d be tuning in. When my husband went to bed, of course. 😉

    Reply to Jenny Lyn (@JennyLynwrites)
    • Post authorElizabeth Shore

      Jenny, I agree a thousand percent! Henry Cavill is soooo yummy! These guys don’t hold a candle to him in the looks department. They do have really nice bodies, though . . .

      Reply to Elizabeth Shore
  • LizEverly

    There’s this fabulous show I catch on Netflix. It’s “Satisfaction,” which is all about an upscale brothel in Australia. It’s NOT a reality show, but it’s fascinating and I highly recommend it. I don’t have Showtime, but I’ll look for it elsewhere. Fun post!

    Reply to LizEverly
  • cowboys4angels

    I’m really surprised at the lack of research in this article. Cowboys4angels male escorts for women has been around for four years and we have an extensive recent press page. It includes appearances on the Dr Phil show, Nightline News, interviewed by JuJu Chang on 20/20, and the Tyra Banks show. We have also been featured on in major magazines and top online websites including Playgirl Magazine and xojane.com. The Cowboys website receives between 30k to 100k unique visitors per month. I would be happy to email that to anyone who requests it. So the answer to those like Richard R. who did no research is YES male escorts are thriving in the US. Time magazine ran a cover article in 2012 stating that single women in their 20’s are now making more money than men per hour in most metropolitan areas and how this is changing everything in our society.

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    • madelineiva

      Glad you found us and spoke up, Cowboys. Elizabeth Shore is a huge fan of your show.

      Reply to madelineiva
    • Post authorElizabeth Shore

      Hi Cowboys! Thanks for stopping by. I don’t know what thedailybeast.com writer did or didn’t do for research, but I for one like the show and am looking forward to the new season!

      Reply to Elizabeth Shore
      • Bella

        I really enjoy reading this blog (excellent writers!) and this weekend, hearing from Elizabeth about a show I had never heard of before! It sounds like something worth watching. Intriguing….. It’s interesting how the landscape of television has changed so drastically in the last 20 years. Much more enjoyable for me than Donna Reed. Elizabeth, thanks for your introduction to something new to watch….

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    • Virginia Hunter

      If the implication here is that simulated scenes from a television show means the Gigolos do not really exist, please allow me to disabuse the naysayers. As a regular client of the Cowboys 4 Angels agency, I am most delighted to report that the Gigolos are most certainly alive and well with no “faking” allowed!

      Reply to Virginia Hunter
      • Post authorElizabeth Shore

        Excellent! Thanks for the comment, Virginia, and thanksso much for stopping by.

        Reply to Elizabeth Shore
  • Post authorElizabeth Shore

    You’re so right, Bella. TV is definitely different now than in the Donna Reed days of long ago. If you check out the show let us know what you think. We’d love your opinion. Thanks for stopping by!

    Reply to Elizabeth Shore
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  • Jon

    Vin’s “real” name is Matt Stuart. He grew up in San Bernardino and was just as much a douchebag then as he seems to be now. In reality he is not a gigolo but more of a poser than anything else.

    • Madeline Iva

      So it’s NOT REAL???? I’m fascinated that someone who is NOT a sex worker would pose as one on TV…but a sex worker past doesn’t seem to affect men the same way that it affects women, does it?

      Reply to Madeline Iva
    • Post authorElizabeth Shore

      Hey Jon, thanks for stopping by.

      “Vin’s” not a gigolo? Well, that’s interesting. But what about the website? He’s listed on it as someone who could be hired if the price is right …

      Reply to Elizabeth Shore
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