You will recall that yesterday I talked about the cult of personality surrounding alternative history purveyors and how this substitutes for reasoned argument. Today I have some exhibits to make the case. Both were posted to Instagram by Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, the the star of Ancient Aliens.
Exhibit number 1 is a "limited edition" numbered print of Giorgio Tsoukalos which he gave away this week at the Famous Monsters of Filmland booth at San Diego's ComicCon. I won't reproduce the image lest it upset Tsoukalos. Please note, though, that the bottom corner of the picture says that Giorgio is finally taking my advice and getting himself a URL; however, "GiorgioTsoukalos.com" currently redirects back to Legendary Times Books, his online bookstore.
Our second exhibit must be seen to be believed. Below is a small portion of a photograph Tsoukalos posted to Instagram, which I reproduce here under fair use because I am about to comment on and criticize it:
As you can see, he gave out cardboard headgear imprinted with an image of his Bride-of-Frankenstein hairdo, emblazoned with his self-coined adjective "Tsoukalicious." I think this makes fairly plain that Tsoukalos has passed into the realm of pop culture personality and is self-consciously promoting himself as the sum of his various eccentricities. Note, for example, that the headgear makes no reference to extraterrestrials or to ancient history, but rather solely to Giorgio A. Tsoukalos as Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, television personality. No wonder OnStar has been so interested in obtaining his services as spokesperson.
This is of a piece with his busy line of self-merchandising, including his autographed photographs, which are $45 apiece or $65 (!) per autograph for full personalization. What I would like to know, though, is if Tsoukalos has Prometheus Entertainment's permission to sell his wares as "Ancient Aliens" merchandise since the name "Ancient Aliens" is trademarked by the production company.
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