LA Times: Here Are The Gay Sex Scenes Coming Back To Haunt Actor GOP Candidate

"For a long time, gays have played straight, straights have played gay."

In an article that's more entertaining than the paper likely intended, the Los Angeles Times highlights the "scandalous" and "pornographic" scenes that are "raising eyebrows" about Republican congressional candidate Antonio Sabato Jr., a former Calvin Klein underwear model and longtime soap opera star who's hoping voters will give him a career change after being "blacklisted" for supporting Trump. The Times puts the most emphasis on Sabato's gay sex scenes, which it says "some conservatives" aren't so happy about.

Sabato, whose film career includes roles on three soap operas — including "General Hospital," "Melrose Place," and "The Bold and the Beautiful" — is running to unseat Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), who won the 26th district big in 2016. Among his competitors on the Republican side is Ret. Air Force Maj. Jeffrey Burum, who has pointed to some of Sabato's past roles as being "inconsistent" with the pro-family values Republican platform.

“His behavior is inconsistent with anything I would want from a congressional leader. It’s also inconsistent with a party which has always favored traditional family values, which do not include porn," Burum said.

So what exactly were those films? Well, the Times helpfully provides some summaries of the two films that are stirring up controversy: the cinematic masterpieces "Testosterone" (2003) and "Deadly Skies" (2006), both of which featured Sabato as a gay guy getting a little crazy on the big screen:

In 2003’s “Testosterone,” Sabato plays an Argentine man who mysteriously deserts his writer boyfriend. He appears fully nude in the film.

Three years later, Sabato played an Air Force officer who was dismissed under the military policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in “Deadly Skies.” The film, about an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, contains a scene where Sabato appears partly nude and simulates having sex with another man.

Unlike films that would traditionally be considered pornography, the movies starred mainstream Hollywood actors, including Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Moriarty, David Sutcliffe, Rae Dawn Chong and Sonia Braga, and don’t comprise solely sexual content. “Testosterone” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was reviewed by the New York Times, which described it as “a shaky comic noir larded with soft-core sex.”

Sabaoto says he's been "blacklisted" after openly supporting Donald Trump in 2016. While he remains "proud" of his support for Trump, he admits that he's "not so proud" of a few past roles.

"I've done many movies. I've done things I'm proud of and things I'm not so proud of, that's just the way any actor works," said Sabato, the Times reports. "They don’t know what kind of congressman I’ll be, the work ethic I have."

One of Sabato's advisors, former president of California Log Cabin Republicans Charles Moran, told the Times that the people of Ventura County understand that being an actor requires taking on all kinds of roles and suggested that Sabato's not the first straight guy to take on a gay role.

"They know what it takes to be a successful actor in the industry, and anybody trying to make Antonio Sabato Jr.’s career and job choices salacious does so without really knowing the value of the craft," said Moran. "For a long time, gays have played straight, straights have played gay. A good actor can do this, and many do. Antonio Sabato Jr. is no different."

Other than his passion for politics, Sabato appears to have another motivation for running, saying he's now been "blacklisted in Hollywood" for his support of Trump, a familiar refrain among other conservatives in the industry.

So does Sabato have a chance? Brownley barely managed reelection in 2014, but in 2016, with the specter of Trump looming, she won big league in a district carried by failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by over 22%.​ While it's obviously too soon to know now if Sabato can pull it off, here's one prediction: Republicans in Ventura County will vote for whichever Republican they believe can defeat the Democrat — gay "porn" sex scenes or not.

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