Posted June 9, 2014
|Michael Fassbender at London X-Men: DOFP premiere|
Every so often in these four years, I receive an email from someone asking me if I have additional information about the rumors of Michael Fassbender beating up some woman he dated. My general response to them has been that I have briefly mentioned it in some blog articles but have made it clear that I do not find them to be true at all. I suspect that some of the people who have emailed me were genuinely interested in my opinion. I appreciate that, and it's a compliment that they sought me out in all of Fassbender fandom to see what I think or know about the abuse allegations. I also believe that some of the very people who have been cheer leading on this rumor and doing their part to keep fanning the gossip flames like its the fucking ancient Olympic flame, have emailed me just to read my response. Also due to an increase in website visits to FF recently, especially during a time when I have been too busy to update more frequently, I believe there is a correlation to this uptick in visits because there have been renewed hater activity in continuing to bring this topic up. Because I have been very busy with real world projects, I have not seen the recent Tumblr and Twitter gossip activities, but I am aware of a new bullshit "article" by some lazy blogger asshole who is just recycling the same gossip crap for hits to their advertisement heavy pseudo entertainment news crappy website (thanks to Google alert promoting it). Mind, all of this is occurring at a time when Michael's latest movie, as young Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past, is out in theaters (my review).
Plant the seed of the wild weed, and no matter how many times the weed is pulled up, the weed comes back, sometimes even stronger. What better way to get back at a wealthy/famous man for dumping you than to concoct bullshit lies, file a police report, and then, Ooops, never mind, drop the charges later? No pictures of bruises, no witnesses, no Emergency Room or Ob-Gyn medical report to prove that an ovarian cyst exploded when a car ran over her. I have to admit, for added flair and drama, the busted cyst was a marvelous attention to detail and added .00000001% credibility to the entire fabrication. Surely if this happened, a normal person would sought immediate medical attention, filed a police report, have a restraining order placed upon the accused cyst destroyer, file a civil lawsuit, etc. If this REALLY happened, it would have been handled in a more serious and immediate manner.
I have been asked point blankly why hasn't Michael Fassbender or his agent said anything about this? I do remember reading a quote from his father a few months after the fabricated allegations and his father sounded so hurt and bewildered and 110% in defense of his son and said that these lies were completely untrue. Perhaps, that is and was to be the ONLY public reference to this situation. A father defending his son to the Irish/UK media when he was asked to comment about the allegations. I have been reading about the entertainment industry for half of my life, and I have been writing about it since 1999. It is my belief that when rumors are so ridiculous, and so obviously designed for attention and to attack someone without a shred of evidence, it's not worth acknowledging. There is a saying that some things just aren't worth giving credibility to by bothering to respond to it - it's not worth justifying it with a response or giving attention to it. And that's what this is about, that is what I believe their game plan was - to ignore it as the fabricated lie that it was.
I was extremely fortunate and honored to conduct my interview with Michael Fassbender just weeks after this silliness became public. I spoke to the man whose talent and charisma inspired me to create this blog in September 2008. Upon speaking with him for about half an hour on the phone, it felt like I was speaking to a long time friend and someone who was sincere and eager to answer my questions in a calm and relaxed manner. Michael Fassbender was polite, funny, sweet, and a professional gentleman. As I stated earlier, I immediately dismissed the allegations made against him, and after speaking with him, I just could not imagine that someone like Michael Fassbender could remotely do what he was accused of doing to a woman. It's offensive to even think that it was ever true. Although I'm not a psychic, I'm no fool either, and I staunchly defend women's rights and I am very much against domestic violence/abuse, and the abuse of women and children. Heck, I'm against abuse and violence against all of humanity! I could not in good conscience sit here and continue to devote so much time, energy and money to a blog about a man if I felt he was 1% possibly guilty of abusing a woman. That would be an insult to my character and intelligence, and my activities would appear to condone physical violence. So I don't know how much more clear I need to be when I say as a proud fan of Michael Fassbender, that I categorically do not believe in the rumors about Michael Fassbender violently attacking a woman! It is just so absurd to even think this, and that is why I get agitated when I receive emails out of the blue, bringing this shit to my doorstep once more. But again, at least people are coming to me and asking me what my opinion is, demonstrating that they are having difficulty believing it as well.
For those fence sitting fans, make up your minds now. If you want to continue to enjoy the work of a brilliant actor who really is a sweet, hard working man (just read the hundreds of interviews he has done) - great, good for you! But if for some reason you want to believe these rumors, then just move along and focus your attention on a different actor or get a life. That's really all I can say on that. There are a lot of popular performers who are complete, unprecedented assholes who have been arrested, who have been recorded saying very foul things, have been known to harm and attack people/women, consistently and publicly hang out with the most disgusting gold-digging types of females, take hard-core drugs, and just do horrendous things for media attention - I ignore them, I pay them no attention, let alone invest even a minute helping to spread rumors about them. It says so much more about the people who help spread rumors than of the person that the rumor is about. Think about that. Also, if you are inclined to believe this rumor, think really deeply about where you are reading this rumor, and why they are writing about it. There's always a personal agenda and timing issues in relation to the renewed interests in this old unfounded allegation. Remember, a person is guilty when they are found guilty in the court of law. This situation was created only to harm Michael 's name and for revenge. Michael Fassbender is a responsible, polite, and civilized gentleman, so please feel free to continue to support him and his career with the rest of his awesome fans who believe in him here at Fassinating Fassbender!
Thank you for reading! Feel free to respond to this essay, but please be mature and respectful. Comments will be deleted if they are defamatory and counterproductive to a civil discussion.