Claim:   Kevin Bacon is changing his surname to appease Muslim groups.


FALSE


Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2015]


I just read an article on facebook about Kevin Bacon possibly changing his last name because it offends some “American Muslims”. Please tell me he has more brains than that! I’m praying that this is all a hoax. No American should bow to the Muslims. If they hate it here so badly then by all means please return to their own country.

Origins:   On 4 September 2012, the entertainment web site Clash Daily published a bit of satire positing that actor Kevin Bacon was changing his name under pressure from various Muslim groups who were offended by it:


Bowing to pressure from various Muslim groups such as CAIR (Center for American-Islamic Relations), the iconic actor and musician has publically vowed to change his last name. The reason: although many Muslims, like most Americans, watch films featuring the seemingly omnipresent actor, his last name has become a source of discomfort, as it is a byproduct of pork, a strictly forbidden meat within the Islamic faith.

“Although the Bacon family has held our name humbly and innocuously throughout generations, I had no idea it was causing members of our Muslim community discomfort and impeding their enjoyment of my films and music. It is with great apologies to CAIR and other representatives of the Islamic community that I hereby renounce my surname of ‘Bacon,’ since it is a source of revulsion to some of the Muslim community. Had I known my name would be provoking the thought of such a cultural dietary taboo, I would have begun my acting career in 1978 under a different name. I extend my sincerest apologies to any members of the Muslim community who may have taken offense to my porcine name.” — Kevin Soon-Not-To-Be Bacon


On 28 August 2012, the DuhProgressive, another entertainment web site, extended this jape by adding the erroneous detail that Kevin Bacon was changing his name to Kevin Nine Eleven.

None of this true. The rumors about Kevin Bacon’s changing his name to appease the Muslim community started in the summer of 2012 on a couple of satire sites, and while these rumors occasionally recirculate around the internet (we received several searches on the topic in April 2015), the actor has still not changed his surname to eliminate any references to cured pork products.

Both the Clash Daily and Duh Progressive clearly labeled their articles about Kevin Nine Elevin (AKA Kevin Bacon) as satire:


Duh Progressive is a political satire site. While some of the individual quotes, people and events mentioned on Duh Progressive may be real, most of the content is fictional and should not be taken seriously. Thank you.

Last updated:   3 April 2015