Okay, okay. The man who wore the Barney costume, David Joyner, has the tantric sex business. He does, however, feel that he was engaging in tantric practices while wearing the giant purple costume. That’s not even the strangest thing about this story.
Joyner began playing Barney in 1991 and continued to do so until 2001. Prior to scoring the big, purple gig, Joyner had been introduced to tantric practices while working as a Swedish masseuse. Upon being cast, Joyner insists that Barney was a perfect tantric opportunity for him to grow and learn.
“The energy I brought up [while] in the costume is based on the foundation of tantra, which is love,” he explains. “Everything stems, grows, and evolves from love. Even when you have emotionally blocked energy, the best way to remove it is to remove it with love, and then replace it with God’s divine love. Love heals and allows you to continue to grow.” - Vice
Great! Tantra is love, Barney is love. Cool.
Joyner now works as a practitioner of tantric massage, but only for women. Why is that? Oh, because he raw dogs his clients to get them to a higher state of tantric bliss.
For clients, this “higher and more blissful state of awareness” is often best achieved through penetrative, ideally unprotected sex, according to Joyner. Condoms “block the energy,” he says, and he prefers not to use them. Joyner provides his STD test results to prospective clients, who are asked to disclose any STDs in a signed consent form prior to their first session. - Vice
Of course, this is highly morally and ethically questionable, as well as highly illegal. That’s called prostitution, homes, regardless of what type of spiritual wrapping you put on it. I mean, Joyner finds his clients through Tinder. If that’s not hooking, then I guess I don’t know what is.
Joyner’s clients, referred to as goddesses, say that they aren’t pressured into sex with the former children’s show star, yet they say that they were not ready for it in the first session. Subsequent sessions allowed them to see the value in letting their masseuse bang them out. Of course, Joyner says that he will not take on a client that is only looking for sex, which makes me even more skeeved out about his process.
It seems to me that Joyner only wants clients he can convince to sleep with him. If they are coming in the door ready to drop trou and get down to business, he will not take them on as a client. However, if they are looking for tantric massage and the release of energy, he will happily welcome them with a free initial session so he can charge them later and pressure them into unsafe sex.
“I love you, you love me. This is irresponsible as it can be. With a great big hug and pressure from me to you, won’t you say I can bang you too.”