Thursday, December 18, 2008



Sketch comedy shows have their actors playing currently famous people all the time; but for shows set in the main Toobworld, most series opt to get those famous people to portray themselves (unless it's for a momentary, blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in which they flash across the screen quickly or are lost in the blurry background).

But every so often, a show will instead hire an actor to play an extended version of that real person. (I remember 'The West Wing' did that with a scientist.) And now 'Gossip Girl' has gone in that direction with their depiction of an artist named Aaron Rose.

The Aaron Rose of the Trueniverse used to run the Alleged Gallery on Ludlow Street in downtown Manhattan, which became a haven for the fringe scene in the early 90's. He was contacted by a writer from the show months ago about the idea, but they embarked on the project without any further input from him.

So now the televersion of Aaron Rose is now kind of a loser with badly-styled facial hair who's dating one of the high-schoolers in the show, someone a bit younger than him. But worst of all to the real Aaron Rose, who now lives in LA? Tthe art of Aaron Rose on the show sucks!

"On the one hand, I think it's super-hilarious, and I should be flattered that I'm considered mock-worthy. But - his hair! He has terrible hair!" said Rose. "This is not cool. They're messing with my reputation."

I don't know if the show will ever respond to his complaints and maybe give their Aaron Rose an extreme make-over. But more than likely, they'll finally pay attention to the bile spewed online by the fans about the guy and just get rid of him.....

Toby O'B

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