Internet trolls thrive on a diet of misogyny and assorted bigotry, so it’s no surprise that a Twitter user who volleys the word “transgender” as a slur (it most certainly is not) did just that. @EmergentReality attracted plenty of negative attention for mocking Keira Knightley, one of the most photographed women in the world.
Knightley, a highly acclaimed actress who’s starred in such films as Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Atonement(2007), is no stranger to being denigrated by internet trolls, the denizens of social media, and even the paparazzi. She’s been in the public eye for nearly 20 years, yet @EmergentReality claimed to have figured out that Knightley is transgender. His proof? Her “Adonis belt.” (More on that in a second.)
According to @EmergentReality, Knightley, 33, has:
- a “male torso”;
- an “Adonist belt,” a term which refers to the outer grooves leading from the hips to the pelvis;
- a “slope back forehead”;
- a “large angular jaw”;
- and “wide shoulders.”
Knightley is a “male to female transgendered entity,” wrote @EmergentReality, using a rather obnoxious phrase to refer to transgender women. He added: “And look at that six pack. Gross.”
Topic: Transgender by deception.
Subject: Kiera Knightly a male to female transgendered entity.
What to look for: Male torso. Adonis belt. Slope back forehead. Large angular jaw. Wide shoulders.
And look at that six pack. Gross.
— Tortured Heroes (@EmergentReality) December 13, 2018
What a gem he is, huh?
Fellow Twitter user @indigowhiskey first brought attention to @EmergentReality’s whacked out theory, foisting him on the rest of us with a tweet that has been retweeted more than 3,300 times as of this writing.
“The Great Transvestigation strikes again, folks,” she wrote.
The Great Transvestigation strikes again, folks pic.twitter.com/w6Y3wDx8Xw
— Alexandria, Big Zam Appreciator™ (@indigowhiskey) December 13, 2018
As you can imagine, the prospect of a “transvestigation” did not go over very well with others, and @EmergentReality was quickly called out and mocked. (Knightley, however, was praised, presumably much to the troll’s chagrin.)
Imagine thinking a six pack is gross
— Scorpia Bezauberndfinder (@Spatux) December 14, 2018
read an anatomy book for god's sake
— blank (@artboypolitico) December 14, 2018
Imagine being so blinded by transphobia that you accidentally throw cis women under the bus in favour of transpiracy theories.
— ✨ It's Nate, Bitch ✨ (@goshdangnate) December 14, 2018
"female transgendered entity" pic.twitter.com/VTao5XWQ4Y
— Pancha (@breakercolours) December 14, 2018
Keira Knightly is cisgender, and beautiful. If she was transgender, she'd still be just as attractive. If your opinion of someone is soley based on whether they're trans, that's a form of bigotry ("but for" legal test)
— Brynn Tannehill (@BrynnTannehill) December 14, 2018
this guy looked at a cis woman that in the 00s was deemed one of the most beautiful in the world and he said she looks trans
maybe, actually, a lot of trans women look like cis women and vice versa
— Mark Snowfers Laherty (@MarkLoafers) December 14, 2018
I can't help but wonder if they think she also faked a pregnancy. Someone would have sold that story. These people are not only transphobic, but don't know how the world works with stuff like that.
— Tristan Holmes (@tristonanan) December 14, 2018
But but but she has access to fancy Hollywood pregnancy prosthetics! She hired a body double! The baby's not even real, it's just a sack of flour with a smiley face drawn on in crayon! /s
— Alexandria, Big Zam Appreciator™ (@indigowhiskey) December 14, 2018
I was born with a working uterus and the ability to pack on muscles like a gold medal prizefighter. I wonder what I'd do to that persons world view. We are all different, and Kiera is gorgeous!
— єlιzα ρlαgυєтнιηg вєαηмєαтs BOT (@NyoEi) December 14, 2018
We don’t get it either. Better luck next time, champ.
We doubt Knightley cares much about this, if she even knows. She likely has much bigger fish to fry (and she’s known for being a fighter). In 2007, the star, who is currently receiving critical raves for her performance in Colette, sued the Daily Mail for publishing an article that suggested she had anorexia or other eating disorders.