There have been times in the past when we’ve questioned the behavior of Kevin Bacon, a Philadelphia-born actor and musician whose father shaped our city and therefore matters more to us than other celebrities.
Like, why did he wear spandex for an Apple commercial that aired exclusively in Europe? It was funny. That’s a good enough reason. Also, ever since his grave misfortune at the hands of Bernie Madoff, Bacon has been vocal about the need for creatives to take a more structured approach to managing their finances. Perhaps the money was worth the spandex.
The latest Bacon question: Is he really singing the praises of President Donald Trump?
In the depressing age of fake news, there is a dual responsibility to identify the difference between news that is actually false or fabricated and news that simply rubs us the wrong way, generally because it comes with a slant or there are omissions that would otherwise provide a more comprehensive picture.
We can decidedly say that a recent story claiming Kevin Bacon believes we are all “blessed” to have Donald Trump as our president is utterly untrue.
The dubious news blog Worldwide Politics published a story on Sunday recapping a supposed interview Kevin Bacon had on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” During this interview, the actor reportedly gushed over President Trump.
“I honestly think that we are blessed to have him as President – he is the only one who can take care of all this mess,” Bacon supposedly said. “He should be given the Medal of Freedom for talking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner.”
Bacon, of course, campaigned for John Edwards in 2007 and later donated to Barack Obama in 2008, officially endorsing the former president during his successful re-election bid in 2012. That’s not to say some Obama voters didn’t shift their support to Trump in 2016, but little about Bacon’s political past suggests he would have done so himself.
Here’s the kicker: Kevin Bacon last appeared on “This Week” in 2007 and never spoke a word about Donald Trump.
Worldwide Politics is the epitome of a fake news website. It’s also not the only one that traffics in falsified celebrity news. Late last month, the Daily News for Americans ran a made-up story claiming actress Julia Roberts — an attendee of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. — called Trump “the best president in US history.”
The only place this Kevin Bacon story may have legs, in other words, is in a game of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”
According to gossipcop.com:
Kevin Bacon never said America is “blessed to have Donald Trump as our president,” despite a bogus article filled with fabricated quotes. The manufactured report comes from a website known for peddling fake news. Gossip Cop can set the record straight.
According to the unreliable blog Worldwide Politics, the actor went on a pro-Trump rant during an appearance on the ABC News show, “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” The site quotes Bacon as having stated, “I honestly think that we are blessed to have [Trump] as President. He is the only one who can take care of all this mess. The president is smart and powerful. I think he attacks anyone he perceives or believes is attacking him or the country.”
The untrustworthy outlet further quotes the actor as saying, “[Trump] should be given the Medal of Freedom for talking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner. The reality is that people need to start fighting for this country together with him instead of criticizing and wasting their time on stupid things.” Bacon allegedly added, “He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. You just have to like the guy. Trump is not a politician. He does not need your money, and he will speak his mind, God damn it, whether you like it or not.”
However, the actor never made any of these comments, all of which were completely manufactured by the blog. For starters, Bacon only appeared on “This Week” once in 2007, and he never discussed Trump during the interview. Also, bogus blogs like Worldwide Politics have a habit of pretending that a particular celebrity is an unflinching supporter of the divisive president.