By Seamus Heffernan, 1:30 PM on Aug 27, 2009
I’m not a big “Gossip Girl” fan (I am a big Leighton Meester fan, but the two can be mutually exclusive, I assure you). But from what I’ve seen, Ed Westwick’s character Chuck plays some pretty-boy foppish preppie who apparently gets to bang a ridiculous amount of rich-girl ass. It also turns out he may not be all that gender specific in his desires. Oh, heaven forfend! Let the not-at-all manufactured controversy begin:
Westwick’s “romantic” interest is up-and-comer Neal Bledsoe (CSI: NY, Guiding Light), who’s guest-starring in episode 6 as Josh Ellis, NYU’s head of freshman affairs. Since Josh is tasked with selecting an incoming student for the honor of delivering the freshman speech, he’s, shall we say, a person of interest to Blair. In fact, she’s so determined to snag the slot that she goes so far as to pimp out her boyfriend to the gay guy in charge.
I realize that “Gossip Girl” is written for teenagers who aren’t bright enough to keep up with the intricacies of “Twilight,” but c’mon. Is this boy-on-boy snogging still a big deal? Or maybe it’s some crass attempt to exploit the whispers that Westwick himself is gay?
The actor has repeatedly been forced to deny allegations he’s homosexual amid claims he’s secretly dating his TV co-star, Chace Crawford.
But the 21-year-old is adamant his affection for Crawford is only brotherly – and they have bonded over their shared love of women.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, “It’s funny because I love this f**king dude dearly.
“I would die for this f**king dude. He’s my brother. But, by God, we are so into our f**king women it’s ridiculous.”
Dude. You’re 21, rich and famous. I get it. Girls dig you. Great, enjoy it. But, you know, maybe tone down the overcompensation a bit. St. Peter denied Christ with less gusto, and he was facing crucifixion at the hands of the Romans. You wuss.