Bacon’s Law might not apply to everyone — but a popular photograph might have you thinking so.
No, a young Kevin Bacon did not ask David Lee Roth (of Van Halen fame) for an autograph, a claim the actor debunked himself.
The photograph went viral on Reddit in mid-May 2022, with a caption that read: “David Lee Roth signs a Van Halen record for an unknown actor named Kevin Bacon-1978.”
This picture has been circulating for a while, and Bacon himself responded to the claim in 2021 from his verified Twitter account:
But even with this false photographic connection, we did learn that Bacon’s Law still applies to these two celebrities. “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” or Bacon’s Law, is a game in which people try to connect any Hollywood celebrity to Bacon.
Either way, we rate this claim about the photograph above as “Miscaptioned.”
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“Sammy Hagar Shares Tony Nomination For ‘Footloose.’” MTV News, https://www.mtv.com/news/1429848/sammy-hagar-shares-tony-nomination-for-footloose/. Accessed 20 May 2022.
Twitter, https://twitter.com/kevinbacon/status/1370150598553694208. Accessed 20 May 2022.
“Van Halen’s Former Singer Sammy Hagar Says He Has ‘No Problem’ with David Lee Roth.” NME, 7 Nov. 2021, https://www.nme.com/news/music/van-halens-former-singer-sammy-hagar-says-he-has-no-problem-with-david-lee-roth-3089117. Accessed 20 May 2022.