This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Elan Gale Claims 'Diane' Was Fake, Still A Jerk
via Gale's Twitter account
On Thanksgiving Bachelor producer Elan Gale created a mini reality drama on his flight, broadcasting Tweets to his followers about a woman named "Diane." As you no doubt know, the Tweets described a woman who voiced complaints about the flight being delayed, and escalated from Gale sending her a glass of wine with a passive aggressive note to handing her several notes requesting that she, well, eat his penis. In the wake of a whirlwind of criticism concerning his treatment of the woman, Gale has now announced that the entire exchange was fabricated.
Even if there was no Diane, however, Gale still committed at least two offenses, aside from not being funny: he championed bullying (both online and IRL), and encouraged aggression towards women. To those rooting him on, the whole thing was real, and he kept feeding the hungry, soulless masses what they wanted: angry "eat my dick" notes passed to an older woman. As Dave Weigel pointed out, "This guy, for a living, comes up with ideas that stimulate the pleasure or anger centers of the lumpen proletariat’s brains. He did it on Twitter and captivated the Internet with complete bullshit... [he] successfully hoaxed the Internet with a dumb, mean story."
But congratulations to Gale, you got an extra 140,000 Twitter followers out of all this, and you do seem to still be milking it for all it's worth:
Samm Levine's parody was way better anyway.
Donald Trump was a fading TV presence when the WGA strike put a dent in network schedules.
Pickets are being held outside at movie and TV studios across the city
For some critics, this feels less like a momentous departure and more like a footnote.
Disneyland's famous "Fantasmic!" show came to a sudden end when its 45-foot animatronic dragon — Maleficent — burst into flames.
Leads Ali Wong and Steven Yeun issue a joint statement along with show creator Lee Sung Jin.
Every two years, Desert X presents site-specific outdoor installations throughout the Coachella Valley. Two Los Angeles artists have new work on display.