Internet Rumor: Megan Fox Is a Man!

How These Gender Rumors Get Started

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American actress Megan Fox first came into the public eye in 2004 in the film "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen." She has worked steadily since, winning a feature role in two of the blockbuster "Transformers" movies and garnering positive reviews for her work in the 2009 dark comedy "Jennifer's Body." She has most recently starred in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise.  

Fox has also been grist for the Hollywood rumor mill, perhaps the most ridiculous being the Decemeber 2008 assertion that the blue-eyed brunette beauty is actually either a man in drag (transvestite), a transsexual, or was born a hermaphrodite and underwent surgery later in life to become a female.

Birth of the Rumor

Like similar rumors about actress Jamie Lee Curtis and hip-hop diva Ciara, the claim that 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 making the rounds since late 2008? Chalk it up to a perfect storm of media hype, irony, and satire exacerbated by the actress's own self-deprecating remarks and a surfeit of prurient tongue wagging.

Timeline of the Rumor

The drama unfolded as follows:

Dec. 2008: GQ magazine lists 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, but that is precisely when the phrase "megan fox is a man" started buzzing up the list of Google's most popular search strings.



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 Jan. 11, 2009, a nervous Megan 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, it's obvious she was being sarcastic. It wasn't supposed to be taken seriously. But she did say those fateful words.

Jan. 2009: Weekly World News announces: "MEGAN FOX IS A MAN!" On Jan. 14, 2009 the satirical blog (and erstwhile tabloid rag) Weekly World News added insult to self-injury by fabricating a back-story to support a literal interpretation of Fox's own 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.
 

To add insult to injury, the Weekly World News refused to let the rumor die by reprising the story in December of 2011. For the record, though, Weekly World News is a satirical website, as they state in the disclaimer on their website, which states, in part:

"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 magazine, "I think people are born bisexual" The icing on the cake was a June 2009 interview in Esquire (actually published in May), in which 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," much less a "hermaphrodite." But given all of the above, this seemingly innocuous confession could not but 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.

Myth Busted

Let us now 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 evidence to support it and no truth to it. 

The undeniable truth is that Megan Fox gave birth to three sons—in 2012, 2014, and 2016—with husband Brian Austin Green. To do so obviously requires original feminine reproductive equipment since medicine has not yet made giving birth possible for transgender women. (While at least one transgender man has given birth, he was born female and still possessed female reproductive organs.) Unless the births were faked, Fox was born female.