Showtime’s Gigolos is not one of those shows.
Watch the Gigolos Trailer right now. It’s obviously NSFW:
According to Showtime, Gigolos is:
“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. They find themselves in some unexpected positions as they balance relationships, friends and family with the demands of their female clientele. A reality series like no other, Gigolos is not only provocative but also surprisingly heartfelt. It’s a wild ride for these real-life escorts who never miss a trick.”
According to me, it’s the illegitimate love child of a soft core porn and a reality show.
It’s The Real World, if they were paid to do what they do in a house instead of paying them to pretend like they’re working at a juice bar.
It’s The Bachelorette if every contestant’s occupation was listed as “Guy Fieri’s biggest fan”, and every night was in the fantasy suite.
It’s also very confusing. Watching an episode of Gigolos is going to leave you with a lot of questions.
1. Are gigolos really a thing?
Yes, but also not really.
Male escorts are 100 percent a thing, and yes, there are women who pay men for sex. But there are a lot more men that pay men for sex.
If you Google male escorts, you see a lot of articles about men that are escorts, women that have hired escorts, etc. But you won’t really find any statistics.
I think that’s because every single one of those articles is secretly written by, at most, 100 individuals worldwide. And up to half of them are aliases of Cowboys4Angels founder Garren James.
Gigolos came to air mostly largely due to an interview James did on The Tyra Banks Show. People were fascinated by the idea of a business built around straight male escorts. Showtime jumped on the idea and hired James, and a stable of men, to create and star in a reality TV show.
But, last year on the HuffPost Weird News Podcast, James admitted when he started the company, the website was populated with the profiles of “fake men”—that he “lied pretty much about everything” to The Tyra Banks Show producers.
He then says by the time Gigolos premiered, he’d “made it all real”. I agree with The New York Times’ review from the show’s 2011 premiere: a “look at women-only gigolos in Las Vegas is a little like a cooking show devoted entirely to vegan steak recipes.”