PolitiFact (US), June 13, 2017

Keanu Reeves did not give long speech attributed to him online, publicist says

by Joshua Gillin

A lengthy quote attributed to Keanu Reeves doesn’t appear to have come from the actor at all, but rather a fan page for him on Facebook.

The rambling quote admonishes essentially anyone who mistreats, objectifies, ignores, takes advantage of or otherwise abuses someone else:

"I cannot be part of a world where men dress their wives as prostitutes by showing everything that should be cherished," the diatribe began. "Where there is no concept of honor and dignity, and one can only rely on those when they say ‘I promise.’ Where women do not want children, and men don’t want a family. Where the suckers believe themselves to be successful behind the wheel of their fathers’ cars, and a father who has a little bit of power is trying to prove to you that you’re a nobody."

And on and on; In other words, be excellent to each other. You can read it all for yourself, but we first saw the quote in an April 26, 2017, post on BestThings.us. Facebook users flagged the post as being potentially fake, as part of the social media site’s efforts to combat fabricated news.

The same quote has appeared on several other websites, going back to 2016, always attributed to Reeves. It even appeared on an English-language Pakistani newspaper’s website.

We also found the quote attributed to him in a Russian-language video that appears to show him saying it (we used the translated captions) — but it actually shows him talking about a Paul Gauguin exhibit in Switzerland. Another video example used a computerized voice to recite the quote.

It’s also appeared on Facebook. And we mean, it’s appeared all over Facebook, again credited to Reeves.

But while that seems like a deep message from the guy who played John Wick, we can’t find any record of Reeves saying it.

As best we can tell, the quote’s association with Reeves came from a Facebook fan page called "Keanu Reeves - the actor." The page posted the quote, wherever they got it from, on Feb. 21, 2016. The page’s About section said Reeves was allowed to post on the page or moderate as he saw fit. There was no contact information.

But Reeves’ publicist, Cheryl Maisel of talent agency PMK-BNC, said the actor had no affiliation with the page.

"Keanu does not participate in any form of social media," she said via email. "This Facebook page is fake."

Maisel told us she had the entire fan page removed from Facebook.

It wouldn’t be the first time a famous person was misquoted on the Internet, of course. And Reeves knows a little something about being on the Internet.

But he wasn’t The One who made this protracted speech. We rate this statement Pants On Fire!




GuestJust Calm Down, not a Big Issues at All (2017-06-15 12:57:30)
 Don't needs to put on blame for such things. In world like this, this so-called Fake Acc are normal & expected. Just don't let it ruin your days. Even Mighty Keanu just chills about even something more serious than this. Meehhhhh
Anakin McFly
(2017-06-15 15:02:58)

"In world like this, this so-called Fake Acc are normal & expected."

It shouldn't be. And while this particular issue may be small, it's a symptom of a far larger problem, where other sorts of fake news have serious repercussions.

GuestJust Calm Down, not a Big Issues at All (2017-06-15 17:01:08)
 There's too many fake news about him becoz media seems run out an idea. Yeah, glad his publicist finally cleaned this mess which clearly should be done very long time ago. But still this issue not a big deal at all. Just Keep Calm Down & be Vigilant.
Guest (2017-06-15 18:13:17)
 Just Calm Down - what if we won't? Watcha gonna do about that?

& be Vigilant - always

Guest (2017-07-04 06:40:57)
 Kind of obvious it's not his comment - it's a idiotic and intolerant - doesn't ring even slightly true...
Guest (2017-07-04 06:41:48)
 Kind of obvious it's not his comment - it's idiotic and intolerant - doesn't ring even slightly true...
(2017-07-04 19:40:08)
 and one sort of wonders about people who'd come here and say "just chill about it"

busted much?

GuestFake news and post fact truth (2017-07-19 01:46:38)
 When I read that misquotation the first time I thought that it didn't make sense that KR would say something like this. So, I tried to find the source and verify it. But many people don't do this and the media shares it and people consume it without critical thought.
One month ago, there was a misquotation attributed to a singer and I tried to stop it from spreading. Which is really difficult because not only some fans would share it but other people do it too.
And I think this is harmful to society. Since, how many fake news do we see everyday? Political, environmental, health, etc. news that are not verified and people make decisions taking them into account. Moreover, many people are becoming more cynical to their approach to information since they know that fake news are published and instead of verifying them they think that all news are fake news.
It doesn't seem a big issue until one sees all the damaging ramifications.

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