Lately, Rob Lowe has been proving himself rather adept at the art of the self-own. Last month when Elizabeth Warren announced her bid for Presidency, he took a break from eating his rice and tweeted that she “would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in “Chief”. He deleted that tweet after substantial backlash, but now another tone deaf “joke” has backfired on him. Rob appeared on the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron and complained that the sex he starred in with a 16-year-old girl, did nothing for his career. He said that if it had come out today, it might have been a career boon! I’m sorry Rob, did you just wake up from a two year nap?
According to Page Six:
“The real fuck up was that I didn’t wait 20 years later to do it where it would have helped my career,” the 55-year-old said, alluding to a number of celebs who’ve turned sex tapes into opportunities, like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.
I’m afraid all the youngins’ who only know Rob from Parks And Recreation or whatever Mental Samurai is (what is it?) have just now learned that Rob was the Ray J of 1988. Only in Rob’s case, the girl was 16. According to Yahoo Entertainment, the tape was made during the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, GA:
The dashing up-and-comer spent the night before the convention began partying, as he often did in those days, at a bash hosted by CNN founder Ted Turner, then dropped by a club with Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson. When Lowe decided to head back to his hotel, two young women went with him and agreed to be videotaped. Everything was going as planned until the ladies left with cash and the videotape while Lowe was in the bathroom.
The women were 16 and 22 years old, but Rob claimed he thought they were both old enough to be drinking at the clerb. Besides, 16 is the age of consent in Georgia, so the sex was legal. However, the girl’s parents sued Rob in a civil case for “allegedly using his celebrity status to entice her daughter into making a pornographic tape”. That suit was settled out of court. So yes, Rob wasn’t exactly the Pied Piper of 80s skin tight acid washed jeans.
If I were Rob I’d keep quiet about that shit and avoid saying anything that might remind people about it. Instead of saying “honey, can you pass me the scotch tape so I can wrap this Christmas gift” I’d say “could you pass me the adhesive strip”. Instead of saying “it’s Tuesday, are you ready for some maintenance sex?” I might try “are you ready to copulate per our previously agreed upon schedule?”. Just anything really to avoid disappointing the tens of Mental Samurai fans who look up to him. Seriously, WTF is this show?
If you have a weakness… Ava will find it. 😨
— Mental Samurai (@mentalsamurai) March 27, 2019