Spotted way outside of the Upper East Side was... Bart Bass, still alive?
Gossip Girl started getting tips that Bass was seen in no other than Farmville, Virginia. Did the Bass reveal it's really fish that have nine lives?
Indian-o, it was just Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana.
The first and (thankfully) only vice presidential debate happened on Tuesday night between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Pence in Farmville.
But while they were talking, there was one very clear distraction for many viewers who were also fans of the beloved show "Gossip Girl."
Pence, a stoic white man wearing a suit, seemed to remind a lot of people of another stoic white man known to wear a suit: Bartholomew Bass.
It's not a terrible comparison. They both do have pretty similar characteristics: slow and quiet talking. Plus they share similar beliefs: Gay people can exist (Pence hasn't criminalized that; Bart was OK with Eric having a boyfriend!) but not in public (Pence legalized businesses refusing to serve gay people; Bart didn't want Eric's boyfriend to come to the housewarming party).
But Bart Bass is really a lot more like Pence's running mate Donald Trump, who the character was probably at least kind of modeled after.
Both are Manhattan men who built "fortunes" in real estate and whose kids probably have abandonment issues. They've both had shady business dealings, and they both don't like the color purple (well, I've never seen Trump wearing purple in any case, so it's gotta be true).
In another similarity, cultural narratives keep trying to make us believe that both Trump and Bass's plot lines are, uh, dead, but then, miraculously, they are still here saying crazy, mean things.
In any case, Pence can't possibly be Bass, because Bass is, like, for real dead. Like, dead-dead. Not just "that gaffe should end his political run" dead.
But that fact doesn't stop anyone from seeing the similarities. We don't have any poll numbers on it, unfortunately, but Pence's resemblance to Bass is making some people feel weird about this whole thing.
And then there was one opinion that included Kaine:
This analysis that Tim Kaine looks like Jerry (/Gary/Larry/etc.) from "Parks and Recreation" is, well, not wrong!
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Citations: New York Times