Over the weekend, a 2009 interview featuring Megan Fox on Jimmy Kimmel Live reappeared on social media, and the internet really wanted to talk about it, because it was very timely. The interview was posted by a Twitter user in response to the numerous recent allegations of underage predatory behavior against famous actors and comedians. In it, Megan tells the story of her first job with Michael Bay, a featured background role in Bad Boys II, in which she (then 15-years-old) appeared in a bikini dancing under a waterfall. It was a story that objectively made Michael Bay come across as an XL creep, but Meghan herself says no, the story may be true, but Michael Bay isn’t gross like that.
Here’s the clip, which was first tweeted last Saturday. Megan explains that she was hired as background in a bar scene, but someone notified Bad Boys II director Michael Bay that Megan was too young to be seen sitting at the bar or drinking, so they had to find another place to put her. That’s when Michael Bay decided to feature her in a bikini under a waterfall. In the end, Megan’s scene was cut down to just a few split seconds.
clip from 2009 where megan fox tells a story about michael bay sexualising her as a 15 y/o
the crowd laughs, and kimmel makes gross jokes
teen girls being preyed on by older men has never been taken seriously and still isn’t pic.twitter.com/t1rF80UTj1
— liz w 🧸 (@reservoird0gs) June 21, 2020
After shuddering out a couple full-body cringes, some people on the internet put two and two together to make their own recipe for why Michael Bay could qualify for a good ol’ fashioned celebrity canceling. BuzzFeed says that some mentioned 2009 was also the year Megan was fired from the Transformers franchise, which just so happened after she publicly said some not-so-flattering things about Michael Bay as a director. Like that she was too smart to be in the Transformers series or any movie made by Michael Bay. Another person pointed out that Megan claimed she auditioned for Transformers by going to Michael Bay’s house and washing his Ferrari while he filmed it (she was around 19 at the time). Michael Bay had confirmed her story by saying he had no idea where that footage ended up. It didn’t look great, considering Megan herself has said that she had her own #MeToo stories, but that she didn’t want to tell them, because she was afraid of being perceived as an unsympathetic victim.
The conversation quickly morphed from “Michael Bay, or where is the barf emoji” to “JUSTICE FOR MEGAN.” With plenty saying that Megan Fox deserved a better career, and wondered if she had somehow been punished for advocating for herself in an industry that doesn’t take too kindly to such a thing. At the very least, Megan Fox deserves justice for the criminally underrated Jennifer’s Body sitting at a 44% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Yesterday, Megan decided to clear the air by posting a note to Instagram. Megan wants to thank everyone for their support, but she would also like everyone to know it’s not really necessary. Megan says that Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg (who executive produced Transformers), were both professional to her, and that they’re definitely not the source of her #MeToo stories. Also, she’d like to clear up that Ferrari washing story. It wasn’t at Michael Bay’s house, and there was no washing. It was a wrench, and it took place on a studio lot with plenty of crew members and producers present. Here’s Megan’s post:
Megan confirmed several years ago that she and Michael have made up. So there was some tension there, but there isn’t anymore, and “Michael Bay” isn’t a name that makes her feel nervous or nauseous. This also isn’t the first time Michael Bay’s name has been dragged into a story that involves him being an alleged pig in some capacity. A few years ago, Kate Beckinsale told a story about how Michael Bay told her to get hotter for Pearl Harbor, which Michael Bay responded to by saying that he is friendly with Kate and that the media basically took her story out of context. Michael Bay hasn’t responded to Megan’s Instagram response, and who knows if he even will. But I bet it might go a little something like this:
“A big thank you to Megan for effectively killing this decade-old rumor that I made her wash my car in a bikini for an audition. It’s just such a dumb story, and in no way indicative of my work. Like, come on – a wrench is obviously much more suggestive than a wet rag. I’m a professional, damn it!”