the Architectural Summary the celebrity house tour (or the “AD house tour,” for those deeply attuned to the beating heart of popular culture) isn’t known for its emphasis on verisimilitude. Many of the videos seem to be very staged, or at the very least they’re a masterclass in the aphorism, as Countess Luann touts, that money can’t buy your class.
The first crack in AD’s armor of truth came amid the pandemic, when Dakota Johnson bragged about her love for the decorative limes in her. AD video of the house tour, to later confess to Jimmy Fallon on his show that she was actually – cue Oprah’s what is the truth gif – allergic to limes (also honeydew, but that’s a bullshit fruit so we’ll give him a pass there).
Following Johnson’s citrus fabrications, many viewers watched subsequent visits to the AD house with a skeptical eye. Last week, musical high school ‘He Said, She Said’ star and singer Ashley Tisdale caused similar dust on social media when she revealed about her AD tour of the house that the books in her library were not, in fact, hers, but had been purchased at the last minute by her husband to fill the empty space.
In the clip, Tisdale takes viewers on a tour of her home, ending with her living room bookshelves, where she makes a shocking admission. “These shelves, I have to be honest, actually didn’t have any books a few days ago,” she explains. “I asked my husband to go to a bookstore and said ‘you need to have 400 books’. Obviously my husband is like ‘we should be collecting books over time and put them in the shelves”, and I was like “no, no, no, no, no, not when AD come.'”
On Twitter, it was as if Tisdale had personally admitted to taking part in the Kennedy assassination. “I… am speechless,” read a viral Tweet at the time, which received more than 300,000 likes. Others did a little detective work, examining library titles (which appear to be largely New York-centric) and determining that Tisdale had likely purchased wholesale from the New York-based discount bookstore The Strand, who has has long offered a service of “foot books”.
For her part, Tisdale responded to the uproar with the humor and grace expected of the woman who played Sharpay Evans in the musical high school franchise. “There are some of my books over the years in there, but yeah, 36 shelves with 22 books that I didn’t have,” she said in her initial response. “And any interior designer would have done the same. They do it all the time, I was just being honest about it. We stan a transparent queen!
Additionally, Tisdale also used their viral moment as an opportunity to promote local bookstores and start a book club to discuss mental health. “Sorry I haven’t read everyone’s tweets, I recently had a lot of new books to read,” she said. wrote on Twitter before linking to a website that financially supports independent bookstores and plugging in a book on anxiety by Lucinda Barrett, giving a masterclass in controlling the damage of the news cycle.
On this week’s Don’t Let This Flop, rolling stone‘s internet culture podcast, co-hosts Brittany Spanos and Ej Dickson discuss Ashley Tisdale’s pop culture revival and her exemplary attitude in the face of a book-related cancellation attempt, as well as her iconic red carpet looks in a maxi skirt over denim and our claim that she should have been nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the musical high school franchise. They also discuss American song contest (justice for “New Boot Goofin'”), a flawless dance trend inspired by the Kazakh children’s YouTube channel, and chat with Taylor Lorenz about the Washington Post on how Facebook allegedly tried to smear TikTok.