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"Faded starlets, troubled celebutantes and aggressive, costumed street performers - you never know who you're going to bump into on Vinewood Boulevard. Come see the sights and sounds for yourself, or jump aboard the Vinewood Star Tours bus to have a struggling actor narrate as you take a guided tour of the landmarks and homes of the rich and famous while sitting on an un-airconditioned bus."
―Official tourism website for San Andreas.

The Wave of Celebrity in the HD Universe is the term used to describe the sudden influx of celebrity and gossip media in the fictional Grand Theft Auto World series during the HD Universe timeline.

Pop and Tabloid Culture

GTA IV's media is sprinkled with references to its own fictional pop culture universe, which parodies the 2000s-era wave of reality television and "famous for being famous" celebrities. Many of the celebrities have turbulent friendships or loose associations with each other, much like their real life counterparts; For example, Brody Jenner and Kim Kardashian are half-siblings, and many other celebrities are socially linked together via New York's Covenant of the Sacred Heart Catholic school.

Heirs and Heireness
Name Occupation Main Parody
Cloe Parker Import/export heiress Britney Spears
Jill Von Crastenburg Banking heiress Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate Olsen, Paris Hilton
Unnamed British Prince Royalty Prince Harry
Princess Georgina Royalty
January Natasha Vasquez Drug heiress Kim Kardashian
Alfonso Vasquez Jr. Drug heir Rob Kardashian
Kayla Paulo Casino heiress
Lyle Cleethorpes V Historic family heir Josh Astor, David Mayer de Rothschild
Self-Made
Name Occupation Main Parody
Kerry McIntosh Supermodel Kate Moss, Britney Spears
Samantha Muldoon Singer Angelina Jolie, Madonna
Miranda Cowan Supermodel Kris Jenner
Lacey Jonas Actress/Singer Miley Cyrus
Anita Mendoza Actress Demi Lovato, Paula Abdul
Tony McTony Social network founder Mark Zuckerberg, Sean "Diddy" Combs
Ernesto Asaltacunas Baseball player Jose Canseco
Richard Bastion Radio host Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Gleen Beck
Poppy Mitchell Actress Lindsay Lohan
Martha Term Actress
Charlotte Crown Supermodel
Delancey Medua Supermodel
Mark Fostenburg Actor/Movie Director Bruce Willis
Clay "Pain Giver" Jackson Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Cam'Ron
Brendan Roberts Actor Tom Cruise
Jimmy Boston Actor
Bruce Spade Actor Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio
Diva Starr Singer Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Beyonce Knowles
Al Di Napoli Actor Sylvester Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino
Tyler Dixon Dancer/Actor Kevin Federline
Blue Brothers Singers Jonas Brothers
Wayne Tearson Actor Robert Downey Jr.
Kwak Singer Psy
The Celebinator Blogger Perez Hilton
Carried over from 3D Universe
Name Occupation Main Parody
Jack Howitzer Actor Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone
Love Fist Rock band Motley Crue, Guns 'n' Roses, Iron Maiden
Willy Rockstar W. Axl Rose
Madd Dogg Rapper Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube
OG Loc Rapper MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice
Lazlow Radio host NA (as himself)

Classic Vinewood Artists

Which Grand Theft Auto V, new celebritys and artists have been introduced to the Grand Theft Auto World, including actors from classic Vinewood movies, that are no longer alive by the time of the events of the games or have fallen into decay. Some of this artists have become so huge, that they even have streets or landmarks named after then.

Name Occupation Main Parody
Miriam Turner Actress
Bill Anthony Actor
Mad Wayne Thunder Actor
Ace Jones Actor
Dutch London Actor
Betsy O'Neil Actress
Mitch Dexter Actor
Pamela Drake Actress
Leonora Johnson Actress Elizabeth Short
Sam Austin Movie Director
Peter Dreyfuss Movie Director Roman Polanski
Solomon Richards Movie Producer Mel Brooks

Real-life celebrities

Considerably more famous people in real life agreed to portray themselves in GTA IV than any previous GTA game. Almost every in-game DJ is a prominent musician or personality in real life, Ricky Gervais and Katt Williams play themselves as comedians, and Busta Rhymes also appeared on the radio as himself to promote his new album (in-game and real life).

Politicians

The political atmosphere of the game has a very strong sense of post-9/11 hysteria. Surprisingly, there are no references or parodies whatsoever to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, which was arguably the largest media frenzy of 2008, likely because the majority of GTA IV was completed before 2008, and well before Obama was considered a viable candidate for President.

Name Occupation Main Parody
Joe Lawton US President George W Bush, Barack Obama
Charles Martin Alderney Senator Duke Cunningham, James Traficant, Webster Hubbell
Michael Graves Liberty Gubernational candidate Mark Foley
John Hunter Liberty Gubernational candidate Al Franken, Fred Thompson, Jesse Ventura
Thomas Stubbs III Liberty House Representative Kennedy family
Julio Ochoa Liberty Mayor Fernando "Freddy" Ferrer
Bryce Dawkins Liberty Deputy Mayor Larry Craig, Richard Curtis, Bob Allen
Jock Cranley San Andreas Governor candidate Arnold SchwarzeneggerRonald Reagan
Sue Murry San Andreas Governor candidate Hillary Clinton

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