Netflix recently released a picture of Bob Ross without his signature perm and beard and we're shocked, to say the least. That can't be him... Can it?
Have a look for yourselves...
The release of Netflix's Bob Ross documentary, Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, has caused a lot of drama...
Ever since the documentary dropped last week, we've been seeing some pretty heated debates take place online.
Not only that, but fans of the late painter have taken to all social media platforms to fight against the long-standing scandal that has been going on behind the scene regarding Ross' work.
While Bob Ross brought us a lot of happiness throughout his life, behind the scenes, it seems as though there was a lot going on that impacted a lot of lives including his own son's.
Steve Ross followed in his father's footsteps and even appeared on his popular TV program, The Joy of Painting, but soon enough, their relationship started going downhill...
Of course, they reconciled after Bob got ill, but there were a lot of problems and it's all thanks to 2 specific people...
According to Esquire, The Kowlaksi family has had control of Bob Ross' company Bob Ross Inc ever since he died in 1995 and also controls the narrative around his image today.
The outlet wrote of the alleged partnership:
"The back half of the documentary alleges that a combination of legal pressure, questionable ethics, and full-on bullying may have led to their ability to control the intellectual property and branding behind Bob Ross Inc. Ross, who is still a beloved figure in pop culture, has swaths of new generation fans with no idea how complicated the situation is, and thus, we have a mob on our hands. The name on their lips is Kowalski."
Even Bob Ross' own son spoke out against them stating that just before his father's death, the Kowalskis asked him to get him to sign a "memorial agreement."
"It looked to me like they were trying to get Bob to sign his name over to them," Steve said, noting that the request, which the Kowalskis reportedly reiterated over several weeks, led to an explosive argument. "You could hear him screaming, 'I'm not giving you my name.'"
The Kowalskis did not attend Ross's funeral, according to Steve. "Even worse, they tried to keep secret the fact that the funeral was even happening."
The documentary explores all these explosive relationships throughout his life and how they have now come to define his back story.
It really is an interesting watch.
But aside from all that drama, people have been focussing on something else entirely...
The release of the documentary has prompted a few old photographs of the notorious painter to be shared on social media and Netflix's recent release has probably been the most shocking of them all... These were all shots of the artist before his signature perm and beard.
People were left speechless...
Have a look for yourselves... It's pretty shocking.
Twitter went wild for it...
The picture on the right looks nothing like bob ross. If this is indeed him he must've been in his late teens or early 20's— Jeff Beard (@Hotrod97) August 31, 2021
Why did you post a picture of @scrowder next to Bob Ross? 😂— Corn Pop 👌 (@JJLovesAmerica) August 30, 2021
Y'all, young Bob Ross was a hottie.— Austin Fantastic (@austinagogo) August 30, 2021
I refuse to believe this is the same person— Logan, Logar, LogarTheOgar, etc. (@LogarTheOgar) August 30, 2021
Yooooo young Bob Ross. 🥵🥵🥵— Real Blazers Believe Survivors (@KentonAntiques) August 30, 2021
I'm beginning to see where @rickastley got his good looks from...— JadedPeanutButter (@JediPolarBear) August 30, 2021
God he looks so much better without that fro.— Jane Plain (@fuzzyzygote) August 30, 2021
That’s Rob Boss— Kristen Kelleher (@MysticMusician5) August 31, 2021
Oh no happy curls. 😀😀😀— °Bubblefish° (@ICE_Bubblefish) August 30, 2021
Okay but young Bob Ross 👀— bobbi (@BobbiCruz) August 27, 2021
You're lying!!! Tell me its NOT Bob Ross on the right 😟— BitchCoin_DoCoin (@_0119D) August 30, 2021
Totally thought that was a pic of Steven Crowder on the right. @scrowder— MamaBear🐻 (@MommaJo71) August 31, 2021
Me: *seeing Bob Ross as son searches for something to watch* Did you know that Bob Ross used to be hot when he was young?— Wendy Sparrow (@WendySparrow) August 27, 2021
Son: *deadpan* Well, that's a bit of a slight on older Bob Ross. *picks "Joy of Painting"* *sends me a chastising look*
Why does bob ross old pic remind me of a young @markwahlberg 😊— Teana Price (@PriceTeana) August 31, 2021
Bob Ross is literally so attractive— sky ☭ (@sky010palm) December 18, 2017
Here's the post:
Seeing Bob Ross without his signature curls and beard is one of the most shocking moments in Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed pic.twitter.com/7bCCsfy7C1— Netflix (@netflix) August 30, 2021
Here are some more photos for your viewing pleasure...
Bob Ross was lowkey extremely attractive??? pic.twitter.com/Jk2gZCudr5— EMERY (@emeryeyssen) December 21, 2016
What do you think about the iconic painter's transformation?