One time we tried to watch an episode of Gossip Girl. It was 2007, and Obama was gaining grass-roots support among young voters thanks to the hard work and dedication of Will.i.Am, Scarlett Johansson and two teenage newcomers, Blake Lively and Penn Badgley.
Yes, these two–dare we say–heroes had stood up together (in accordance with CW regulations) and announced in a commercial that they were voting for Barack Obama. The two co-stars, who, from the little we had seen of their program, were not especially interesting but found themselves endlessly fascinating, were given special celebrity passes because they were dating both on and off the show. And that’s always fun.
HOW IT ACTUALLY GOES DOWN
There’s no telling whether or not, on Gossip Girl debut in September 2007, the show’s creators anticipated the distinct fervor over the show from adults. In turn, this obsession turned into a mobius strip perpetuated by the mechanism that is the Highbrow Cameo Appearance, whose significance would only be truly appreciated by those with the context to understand what canny remark the writers were making by bringing them in.
2011 was full of a terrible celebrity solipsism played out on a giant stage. Sure, some of it was entertaining– Alec Baldwin‘s Words with Friends incident, for instance, or the national train wreck of Charlie Sheen (first half of the meltdown only)–but for the most part, our enabling of famous people to act like literally the worst people in the world resulted in only tears, annoyance, and the Kardashian wedding.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Gossip Girl character Chuck Bass may prefer old money penthouses on the Gold Coast, but actor Ed Westwick has shown a penchant for a different (though arguably equally pretentious) kind of real estate. Reports are out that Mr. Westwick has taken a place at The Edge, a Williamsburg highrise.
But it seems that Mr. Read More
Gossip Girl’s Ed Westick always manages to look so dapper when photographed out and about: whether he’s taking his brother to the US Open or attending Simon Spurr’s Fashion Week show, Westwick retains the effortlessly cool style of Chuck Bass even while the show is off air. Or so we thought.
“DO YOU KNOW HOW TO DO an evil laugh?” asked the 10-year-old son of artist Lee Quinones, standing last Friday in the packed and tiny Eric Firestone gallery, an art space slotted in a nook between East Hampton fashion stores.
The sun had not yet gone down and the attendees had dragged their kids, pets Read More
Tommy Hilfiger spared no expense for his 25th-anniversary show yesterday; the invitations were notably elaborate, the runway was flanked by Astroturf, and even the run-of-show lists were printed on heavy-duty paperboard. (And that afterparty, at the Met Opera? We’ll get to that later.) It paid off, at least if you measure success by front-row Read More
“Is hip-hop over here? Is hip-hop over here?” the rapper KRS-One, one of the great elder statesmen of New York rap, asked separate sections of his audience at Rock the Bells this weekend. “Real hip-hop is over here,” he said later, stomping to the right side of a gigantic crowd. He turned left. “Real hip-hop Read More
For most teen shows, the transition between high school and college is the beginning of the end—the death rattle before inevitable cancelation. For Gossip Girl, however, it appears nothing will change at all. Think about it: has a show about high schoolers-turned-undergrads ever cared less about featuring its characters in class? We can Read More