For most 90’s kids or parents who had little ones in that era, the big purple dinosaur consumed many of your mornings. Those happy songs and group hugs were all part of a really disturbing act as we’re now seeing what the man behind the mask was hiding all along. His big secret is out now and it’s way worse than we thought.
David Joyner who played Barney in Barney & Friends from 1991 to 2001 has been a very busy man. A businessman of sorts but with a very spiritual side. He calls himself a Tantra Massage specialist. His unorthodox ways are not far from what some might call an ethical gray area.
In case you’re wondering what exactly Tantra massage is, Live Strong explains, “Tantra massage is a type of massage that uses sexual energy to achieve a higher state of consciousness. Skilled tantra massage therapists, or lovers who study the art, use specific sensual touches such as lightly running fingertips along the entire body to awaken a dormant energy field within the body. When awakened, this energy field is believed to unite lovers in an ecstatic experience and allow trapped physical and mental pain to escape from the body” and yes, this includes penetrative sex.
Joyner received training from ITT Technical Institute and was working at Texas Instruments before gaining his role as the big purple dinosaur. As a young 20-year-old in the 1980’s, he looked for a way to make extra money on the side. He turned to Swedish massage as a side hustle. He claims that several of his clients mentioned that “his touch aroused them.” This is when he made the connection of massage and sexuality which lead to his Tantric practices.
Years later, he was still practicing as a Tantra massage specialist when he was cast as Barney. Joyner was very open about his behind-the-scenes career with his fellow coworkers. When the show’s attorneys caught wind of this, they became increasingly concerned about the ticking time bomb that would manifest as a lawsuit. David said the attorneys told him he was not allowed to talk about, practice, or teach Tantra massage while employed as the iconic Barney. Joyner admits later on that this didn’t stop him, however, and he stealthily kept up with his extra special massage techniques.
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David was known on-set as a very upbeat, happy, energetic and spiritual person. He has mentioned that he was able to best perform as Barney by using Tantra to connect with the children. If you weren’t feeling uncomfortable before, I’m sure it’s beginning to set in. He was quoted saying, “I often shared with the crew that the energy I brought up in the costume is based on the foundation of tantra—love” He also mentioned that using his Tantra training helped him “maintain an abundance of joy during the process” referring to his long days on set wearing the 70 pound costume which can reach up to 120 degrees inside. He has drawn parallels between his two lives by saying, “I always said it was never an accident, and that I was meant to do this character because a lot of the elements of Barney were a lot of the things I was training within tantra.”
So what is he up to now? He has reported “treating” a roster of about 30 women whom he meets via Tinder or plain old word of mouth. After the initial free consultation, he provides these women with a recent STD screening. Joyner doesn’t like to use condoms because it “blocks the spiritual energy.” One client in specific that was interviewed by Vice said that she requires the use of condoms. It’s also worth noting that she happens to be a nurse.
Interested? One full session costs $350 and can last three to four hours! Buyers beware! Joyner muddy’s the water of what is legal. California state law says that massage with the intent of causing arousal is illegal. The fact that he is getting paid to have sex sounds a lot like prostitution if you ask me! If any of his clients complained to authorities, the former T-rex would most definitely find himself in a pickle.
As a former Barney fanatic, I’m feeling slightly perturbed, to say the least.