Gawker.com confirms, perhaps prematurely, that Levi Johnston will get naked nude for Playgirl.com and Unzipped Magazine, both with a 99% gay readership. Meanwhile, we have the fully clothed pictures as well as the video of his recent Vanity Fair photo shoot, wherein Levi talks to Tank Jones, his body guard/agent, about exposing his bare assets.
Tank Jones to Levi Johnston: “To pose for Playgirl, you can’t be lacking in the Johnson area. You gotta be able to unfold some things . . . This one dude I know had to have an extra leaf to fold out for him. Now, are you gonna need extra magazine?”
Levi to Tank: “If I’m gonna do it, you’re gonna be there. You’re my right hand man!”
Tank: “Aw, no. Not if you’re doin’ Johnson things.”
Levi: “Yeah! We’re in this shit together, man! If I’m gonna get naked...”
Watch the entire video at the bottom of this post for the rest of the unconventional conversation!
Levi Johnston in an Armani suit surveying Lower Manhattan October 2009 Vanity Fair photo
Levi's lawyer, Rex Butler, told Daniel Nardicio, the guy who puts together Playgirl's photo sessions, "There are people out there that want to see such a shoot of Levi and we are ready to do it if the proposal is right."
In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Tank Jones, Levi’s manager-bodyguard, confirmed to Advocate.com that negotiations were underway with both Unzipped Media and Playgirl.com to have Bristol Palin’s baby daddy take it all off for an exclusive photo shoot. “Naw, that’s serious. Mr. Butler is doing that,” Jones said, referring to Levi’s lawyer, Rex Butler, when asked if such a photo shoot might actually happen.
Asked how Levi felt about becoming a gay sex symbol, Tank said, “I’m gonna be honest with you . . . you’ve got to understand that you’re dealing with a young man here, and what he has done is he’s broadened his horizons. However he has felt in the past, this (experience) has afforded him the opportunity to meet a lot of different people and find out that people are just people. Sometimes, some things happen for a reason ... and (Levi’s) eyes are open, so we don’t care what kind of situation it is or who views the magazine.”
Rumor has it Levi is negotiating to pose in his underwear, instead of going completely naked. Nothing is confirmed yet, though, concerning specific qualifications, according to Tank.
Three days after Sarah Palin was announced as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, the McCain campaign released a statement saying that her 17-year-old unwed daughter, Bristol, was pregnant. The baby’s father, an 18-year-old former hometown hockey star, was thus thrust into the national spotlight. In the October issue of Vanity Fair, Levi Johnston explains what happened behind the curtains of the campaign—and inside the Palin home.
For “Me and Mrs. Palin,” Johnston tells Vanity Fair his story about life with the Palin family—with whom he lived for two months after the election—over the course of his two-and-a-half-year relationship with Bristol. He turns a number of commonly held beliefs about the former governor—the purportedly loving mother, devoted wife, and prolific hunter—upside down.
Even before Palin became John McCain’s running mate, she seemed worried about what a grandchild would do to her political career. According to Johnston, she had a plan for how to handle her daughter’s unexpected pregnancy.
After the campaign, Johnston watched Palin turn into a different person. The result back home in Alaska was a woman ready to turn in elected office for money.
“Sarah was sad for a while. She walked around the house pouting. I had assumed she was going to go back to her job as governor, but a week or two after she got back she started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make “triple the money.” It was, to her, “not as hard.” She would blatantly say, “I want to just take this money and quit being governor.” She started to say it frequently, but she didn’t know how to do it. When she came home from work, it seemed like she was more and more stressed out.”
Gail Collins, Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times, says that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin should be grateful to Levi. “Palin needs a way to stay in the headlines somehow. And for that, Levi Johnston, we salute you.” Apparently, Collins likes having Palin to kick around. A person who reads the Advocate commented that he hopes Levi poses nude for the sole reason that “it will piss off Palin.” I whole-heartedly concur. I just hope he hits the gym first. His shirtless photos in GQ left me wanting!
Check out this video: “Behind the Scenes of Vanity Fair’s Levi Johnston Photo Shoot”: