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Internet Rumor: Megan Fox Is a Man!

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Internet rumors claim voluptuous actress Megan Fox is actually either a man in drag (transvestite), a transsexual ('tranny'), or was born a hermaphrodite and underwent surgery to become a woman.

Description: Internet rumor
Circulating since: Dec. 2008
Status: FALSE (see details below)

Example #1:
As posted on the Internet, June 27, 2009:

Megan Fox is a Man!!!!!!!!!

WTF!!! I cant believe my eyes reading this article. Maybe many of you guys have heard this rumours (or is it already confirmed?) long before me??

Megan Fox, who was voted as the hottest woman alive last 2008, is actually a MAN!

"LOS ANGELES, CA - The internet has been abuzz since this Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, where Megan Fox jokingly remarked that she looked like a man.

When interviewed on the red carpet, she said "I look like Alan Alda in drag. I’m a tranny. I’m a man."

Example #2:
As posted on the Internet, May 22, 2009:

Today in class my friends told me that Megan Fox is actually a guy, and her parents offered her a sex change at the age of sixteen as a birthday gift. Whoa, if this whole thing is true.

Example #3:
As posted on the Internet, July 4, 2009:

Megan Fox....? please read?

Is she really a man?

My friends told me that there was a news in msn with a headline : megan fox is a man, and she had an interview and she said she's a man.

Analysis: Like similar rumors circulating about Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis and hip-hop diva Ciara, the claim that popular Transformers star Megan Fox is a "transvestite," "transsexual," or "hermaphrodite" is nothing if not counter-intuitive. The last thing you'd think, looking at her, is that she's a man.

How, then, to explain scuttlebutt to the contrary circulating since late 2008? Chalk it up to a perfect storm of media hype, irony, and satire, exacerbated by the actress's own careless remarks and a surfeit of prurient tongue wagging on the Internet.

The drama unfolded as follows:

Dec. 2008: GQ magazine includes Megan Fox among "Men of the Year"

Along with the Boston Celtics ("Champions"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("Leading Man"), and Barack Obama ("Game Changer"), among others, GQ honored Megan Fox in its annual "Men of the Year" issue in a special category dubbed "Obsession." Which oughtn't to have confused anyone — especially considering the issue's cover photos — but that is precisely when the phrase "megan fox is a man" began buzzing up the list of Google's most popular search terms.

Jan. 2009: Fox says "I'm a tranny, I'm a man" on national TV

In an attempt to come across as self-effacing during a red carpet TV interview at the Golden Globes ceremony on January 11, 2009, a nervous Fox spewed forth the following:

"I am pretty sure I am a doppelganger for Alan Alda. I'm a tranny. I'm a man. I'm so painfully insecure. I'm on the verge of vomiting now. I am so horrified that I am here, and embarrassed. I'm scared."
Yes, she was obviously being sarcastic. It wasn't meant to be taken seriously. But she did say the fateful words.

Jan. 2009: Weekly World News announces: "MEGAN FOX IS A MAN!"

On January 14, 2009 the satirical blog (and erstwhile tabloid) Weekly World News added insult to self-injury by fabricating a backstory to support a literal interpretation of Fox's own unfortunate words:
LOS ANGELES, CA – The internet has been abuzz since this Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, where Megan Fox jokingly remarked that she looked like a man.

When interviewed on the red carpet, she said “I look like Alan Alda in drag. I’m a tranny. I’m a man.”

At the time, reporters passed it off as a jovial attempt to cover for her nerves.

However, today she has cleared the air and officially reported: she’s really a man.

Megan Fox was born Mitchell Reed Fox in Rockwood, Tennessee. From an early age, Mitchell showed an interest in both performing and women’s clothing. When having a preacher lay hands on him did not ‘cure’ him of these interests, his parents simply put him on the pageant circuit.
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I repeat: Weekly World News is a satirical website. Read the disclaimer: "Weekly World News articles are drawn from a number of different sources and some are fictitious or satirical. Weekly World News uses invented names in some stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental. The reader should suspend disbelief for the sake of enjoyment."

June 2009: Fox tells Esquire, "I think people are born bisexual"

The icing on the cake was a June 2009 interview in Esquire (actually published in May), Megan Fox 'fessed up to being bisexual. Now, clearly, admitting to bisexuality is a far cry from admitting to being a "man," or a "tranny," or a "hermaphrodite." But given all of the above, this seemingly innocuous confession was bound to add fuel to the fire. And so it did. Between May and June 2009, the volume of Google searches on the already-popular keyword phrase "megan fox is a man" increased tenfold.

It's time to separate fact from fiction once and for all: Megan Fox is not a man. Anything you've heard to the contrary is baseless gossip stemming from a series of unfortunate remarks and bad jokes. There's no truth to it. At all.

Pass it on.

Sources and further reading:

Megan Fox Bio
About.com: Hollywood Movies

Megan Fox's Confused Sexual Identity
Fox News, 21 November 2008

Megan Fox? GQ's 'Man of the Year'?
Tonic Gossip, 23 November 2008

Megan Fox: 'I'm a Tranny!'
OK! Magazine, 12 January 2009

Weekly World News, 14 January 2009

Megan Fox: I Am Bisexual
The Sun, 13 May 2009

Good Morning, Megan Fox
Esquire, June 2009

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