From: Dame Delia Dampcrotch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Is "Joe Millionaire" a Gay Escort?
Newsgroups: alt.showbiz.gossip, alt.gossip.celebrities, rec.arts.tv, alt.tv.survivor
Date: 2003-01-08 12:50:47 PST
The hot story flying around Hollywood today is about Joe Millionaire's real job: is he a construction worker or an underwear model or... a gay escort?
Many of the print and broadcast tabloids, as well as "People Magazine" and "Entertainment Weekly," have been flooded with calls since the show premiered on Monday from gay men on the West Coast who say they've retained Joe's services as a male prostitute.
And today, the letters started arriving at the tabloids and magazines with clippings from back issues of a gay escort rag, published by "The Advocate," with ads featuring "intimate massages" offered by a man who looks exactly like Joe Millionaire with a Dana Point telephone number.
(For those who want to try the #, it has now been disconnected.)
For those not in the know, the alleged $19-thou-a-year "construction worker" lives in Dana Point, one of the most exclusive suburbs in ritzy Orange County, south of Los Angeles, and owns a Porsche. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that someone who makes $19-thou a year can't afford to live in Dana Point and drive a Porsche. Perhaps it's more like Joe makes $19-thou a month.
The Fox network is elated about the show's high ratings but also has been in a spin crisis since it was revealed that Joe made his living as an underwear model in catalogs and websites catering to gay men, and only moonlighted on occasion as a "construction worker." The network now is in a panic, realizing all too late that many male "models" use modeling as a cover, when they're really gay escorts.
A friend inside Fox told me this morning that PAs at the network have been sent all over town to buy gay porn magazines to search for other ads with pictures that look like Joe. Why? If the story goes wide, the network wants to be prepared.
"The network's PR line will be," my friend says, "just because you
give a massage doesn't mean you're a prostitute."
Right. Sure. If you believe that, I'd like to show you something in a
Dame Delia Dampcrotch