Remember when we wondered aloud whether the Times was trying to imply that there is something less than masculine about Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford Nate Archibald? Well, apparently he heard us, because when he went out on the town to do a similar article with Canada's National Post, he was careful to choose a bottle of Steam Whistle, a local brew. "This is a great beer," he told reporter Shinan Govani, who dutifully OMG-ed. "I love Canada." Naaaaate, don’t change who you are because of the pressures of the media! We love you just the way you are, you shrimp-and-avocado-salad eater, you. In fact, one of the things we love about you is your wispy haircut. Unlike Zac Efron's well-conditioned, floppy version, Nate's bangs have a dried-out, Aquanetted look that surely doesn't require obnoxious, ponylike head flicks to handle. Govani agrees with us, declaring in the National Post story that Crawford is the icon of the latest male-bangs movement. He says that he's given masculine dudes everywhere the confidence to get new, more fashion-forward dos. Now that's more like it. Let's all get behind Nate's heterosexuality, huh? Govani even has a new nickname for Nate: Mr. Man-Bangs! Hey, wait
Meet Mr. Man-Bangs [National Post]
Earlier:Chace Crawford Sips Merlot, Is Reluctant to Meet Kate Hudson
In this week's issue of the magazine, former 'N Sync star Lance Bass talks to New York's Jada Yuan about battling the city's real-estate market (he's in town to appear in Hairspray on Broadway). But now Bass feels compelled to impugn our reporting, both on his MySpace page and in a statement to Vulture. See the statement and our refutation.
Hairspray — by which we mean the Broadway musical, which was inspired the Divine movie of the same name and in turn inspired the John Travolta movie of the same name — opened five years ago last night, and it's still going strong. (Stunt casting helps, sure — hello, Lance Bass! — but selling 101 percent of capacity, as it did last week, ain't bad.) A month before it opened, Susan Dominus previewed the show and essentially predicted a smash. "Everybody thought it was going to be the New York Times that would make it a hit," recalls Richard Kornberg, the veteran theater publicist who reps the show. "But when the New York Magazine put out this piece, that is the one article that put it through the top and sold Hairspray." To mark the anniversary, here's "Hairspray It On," from the July 22, 2002, issue of New York.
Hairspray It On [NYM]