Have you ever seen an adult baby? If you watch basic cable, there’s a good chance you have. This past Sunday, July 24th, The Learning Channel’s My Strange Addiction featured transgender blogger, techie, entrepreneur and fetish model Riley Kilo, and her interest in the adult baby lifestyle. You can check out the show’s trailer here to get a sense of how it turned out. I caught up with Riley at Nowhere Bar in the East Village and we talked about her love of diapers, Ichi the Killer, her issues with Lady Gaga, and what life is like in this, her sixteenth minute of fame.
PQ: When I got here, you were standing in front of the bar smoking a cigarette. My first thought was, “babies don’t smoke!”
Riley Kilo: I don’t smoke all the time, but I picked it up when I moved to New York City because it’s fucking crazy here. I guess since the TV show, people think that I’m a baby all the time, but I’m just a normal person. I like drinking beer and I like hanging out and I smoke pot. I used to be really involved in drugs in California, and really just kind of “out there.” Working at bars and venues, and being around all these crazy cultures and scenes.
I’m really cute and cuddly, and that’s how I like to express myself, but the more consistent thing I get from other adult babies is like, “Wow, you’re a lot more hardcore and a lot more gangsta than I thought you’d be.” There are definitely parts of my personality that exist from living on the streets in California for a long time.
But at the same time, Riley Kilo, the baby, is almost like, my brass ring of personalities. Like, I wish I could always be Riley Kilo, but, you know, this is a tough world, and you can’t be an adult baby all the time.
I’m kind of hung over, actually.
Right. I understand you hosted a viewing party for the show’s premier at Rattle ‘n Hum bar in Koreatown last night. How did that go?
It was interesting because everyone at the bar was watching it and they knew that I was on the show. When the show was over, I got a round of applause. A couple of very straight people came up to our table, and were like were like, “Hey, that was really cool!” I kind of expected to be torn limb from limb, especially when they talk about the trans part.
The people there were kind of a mix between the bar’s regular crowd, my friends, and random people who showed up from the internet. I went to a My Little Pony convention on Saturday, and I invited somebody from there and they came. Everyone was very positive. It was a very eclectic group.
Why did you decide to go on the show?
TLC contacted me through my website. I’m pretty big on the internet. Essentially, I decided to go on the show because there were other people trying to and they sucked. There were some other people posting on some adult baby forums who just were not positive. I did my episode before the Stanley episode came out…
He was on a show on National Geographic. He’s an older guy, very much overweight, who lives with his mommy/nurse-type person, and he’s on Social Security. A congressperson from New York attacked him and was like, we’ve gotta take this person off Social Security! They’re an adult baby! They eventually sent out people to investigate his case. The adult baby community doesn’t need another Stanley and everyone made that very clear. Incidentally, the woman on the show just recently died, of a heart attack.
I’m un-fuck-withable. You can’t pull anything with me. I do everything on my own and make all my own money. I’m not on government assistance. I’m not going to lose my job over this. I really think I am at a point in my life where I think I’m never going to get another normal job.
My main goal of this whole thing was to get people to identify with me and feel comfortable around me, as opposed to some of the other TV shows where the people are kind of creepy or weird or overweight — they’re easily targeted or attacked. I just am a normal, friendly person. So I think that resonated with a lot of people.
I knew it was gonna be tough, and I knew it was going to be crazy (and I knew I was going to get paid for it) but at the same time, I put myself out on the internet almost entirely to make something like this happen. Unfortunately, the show sucks and it makes me look bad. But so far, the community as a whole has been like, yeah, that was really great.