If you're a Showtime watcher like me, you've probably caught some of the first episodes of a reality show called "Gigilos" about male escorts who work for an agency called "Cowboys For Angels" (are you kidding?) in Las Vegas. Unlike most male escorts, these guys service women only and seem to all make a fairly decent living at it, leading anyone with half a brain to go "huh?" Now I'm not saying it can't or isn't done, but even the most seasoned veterans in this business will tell you that the market for men selling sex to women is pretty slim.
The gigilos are all what you'd expect-male model types who spend a lot of time at the gym and are considered handsome to the average woman (or gay man), but don't have a lot of substance to them. The worst of the bunch is a character named Brace (really?), who is perhaps the image of the word douchebag if there ever was one. Horrible orange spray tan, spiky bleached blond hair, a bulky, steroid-enhanced physique, and a nauseatingly cocky attitude. I would pay money NOT to have sex with him. Brace is the elder statesman of the bunch, but thankfully none of the younger gigilos have followed his tanning regimen. During one job, the guys are paid to do a gang bang with an MILF'y redhead, but he retreats to a side room and pouts because he isn't digging the female client. Uh...remember you're getting paid buddy!
The catch on this show is that almost all the women clients on this show are good looking professionals, not exactly the types you'd expect to see paying for sex. While people tend to do things in Sin City that they don't normally do, I'm just not picturing a bunch of female professionals engaging in the services of these gents on a regular basis. turns out, according to an article on Salon.com, most of the women depicted in the show were actually paid for their participation after all, but some were (reportedly) previous clients of the escort service. Hmmm, I smell a rat!
Now, I'm not trying to be too critical. The show has it's entertaining moments, but I think most of us know by now that "reality" TV isn't really real. I challenge you to watch Gigilos for one episode and tell me that even one second of this show is based on reality.