Hey, What’s Up With Topher Grace?

[In this feature, we will periodically check in to see what is up with Topher Grace.]

After Christine O’Donnell’s surprise primary win last night, she has been running today’s news cycle like Tony Magyver ran Seacrackers! This morning we learned about her cameo on a 1990s MTV special about sex in which she argued that you should never masturbate because the devil might come and put your head inside his special head bag made out of baby teeth (taken from the mouths of only the WORST babies). And now we have this gem, from TalkingPointsMemo:

It turns out that surprise Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell (R-DE), in addition to her long career in anti-sex and anti-masturbation activism, has also pursued another field of religious right work: Promoting creationism, and questioning the validity of science that says fossils are millions of years old.

As Dan Amira at New York magazine dug up, O’Donnell appeared in March 1996 on a CNN panel discussion with Dr. Michael McKinney, a professor of evolutionary biology from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

At one point, O’Donnell provided this definition: “Well, creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the Earth in six days, six 24-hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.”

Oh boy. “Just as much, if not more.” JUST AS MUCH, IF NOT MORE!!!!!! Here’s a question: do you think if all of us went to Delaware and jumped up and down at the same time that we could get the entire state to FALL INTO THE FUCKING OCEAN? (No offense to the 96.5% of Delaware residents who didn’t actually vote for Christine O’Donnell. Nevertheless, ENJOY THE OCEAN, BOYS!)

Speaking of American citizens of voting age who enjoy their own particular worldview as is their right, what is up with Topher Grace?

He was spotted on an airplane! No word on where he was going, but that’s definitely not any of our business. As an aside: I’ve actually been on a plane before (LADIES!). And one time I tried champagne. I GUESS CELEBRITIES REALLY ARE A LOT LIKE US! From B-Side Blog:

Eventually, after having navigated my way upstream back to my row, I found my seat and discovered I was seated next to an older Latina woman who I will lovingly name Esperanza. From the looks of it, Esperanza seemed quite fatigued, and I felt rather certain that I’d be in for a quiet and peaceful flight.

I happily settled into my corner by the window and waited for the plane to pull out of the gate. Around this time I spotted the obligatory celebrity on the flight: none other than Topher Grace, who apparently was seated somewhere back in coach, perhaps near my bag. Hopefully I stowed my carry-on properly because the last thing I’d want would be for Topher to open the bin midflight and have the TravelPro careen down onto his cherubic face. Then again, should that happen, I’d have great bragging rights.

I wonder why Topher Grace wasn’t flying first class? It could be because he is a MAN OF THE PEOPLE and it could be for a lot of other reasons. Mysteries are all around us.

Meanwhile, as you may have heard, this season of The Office will be the last for working actor Steve Carrell. And The State Journal Register of Springfield Illinois makes a pretty interesting analogy of what this might mean for the future of that popular show:

Television shows lose supporting players all the time — to death (Phil Hartman of “Newsradio”), spinoffs (Jennifer Love Hewitt of “Party of Five”) or a desire to do other work (half of the original cast of “M*A*S*H”).

But it’s far rarer for a show to survive when the first actor listed in the credits moves on. What would “Dallas” have been without J.R.? “Dawson’s Creek” without Dawson? “Everybody Loves Raymond” without Raymond?

Pointless, that’s what. (See “That 70s Show” after Topher Grace moved on.)

See That 70s Show after Topher Grace moved on, indeed.

And that’s about it for this week. You know, even someone in the spotlight like Topher Grace deserves to have some lowkey downtime now and again. In face, ESPECIALLY someone in the spotlight like Topher Grace deserves to have some lowkey downtime now and again. In the meantime, as always, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication.

Send your Topher tips to [email protected]. See you next time!