Robert Sepúlveda Jr. continues to heap shame upon himself, this time by justifying why he became a sex worker by trotting out a story of being dirt-poor and having no options:
The small furniture store I was working at suddenly went out of business. I didn't know how I was going to pay rent or my [college] tuition or buy food. I saw no other way to support myself so I decided to do it too. I had all those expenses, I just knew that I had to do something. I had no other choice.
This kind of B.S. just makes his (not-so-distant) past in sex work into some kind of horror, when it does not need to be. Also, if you happen to be morally opposed to sex work (which would be a stupid position), then you also would not buy the fact that needing money means you do anything it takes to get it.
Plus, he gives the story to a non-LGBTQ (thought very LGBTQ-friendly) outlet., People.
The photo shoot I posted happened on March 1, 2006, and he used one of the images in his escorting profile. His latest claim is he stopped escorting in 2006, upon his graduation. So I guess we'll now sit back and wait for johns to say they hired him in 2008, etc.; that's what happens when you open the door and fib to make things sound better.
For example, he says:
There are stories that I did porn. I never did porn. There is a video circulating out there that I shot privately and sent to an ex-boyfriend. It feels so violating that someone would take something so private and share it with the world. I want to work to make sure there are laws protecting people from similar situations. It's just not right.
What's so wrong with doing porn? Is doing porn worse than making pornographic videos of yourself drizzling semen from someone's used condom down your face and over your lips?
Is he asking us to believe that the xtube account with his raunchy videos was launched by someone other than himself? Maybe, but it would be nice if he clarified that—maybe with a gay blog?
Again, this is not about slut-shaming, this is about someone behaving in a way that would draw the ire of slut-shamers who is pretending he's into “family values,” and in so doing slut-shaming the rest of the sexually adventurous LGBTQ community.
I can't help feeling this guy is very phony, smug, self-righteous and that Logo got snookered and can't blink since the show premieres tomorrow. Maybe I'll change my mind, but he's not making it any easier by being so defensive and running to mainstream publications to cry that he isn't a porn star when the only difference between a porn star and an escort is a camera and more money.
(Image by Don Hanover)