Tom Cruise's Fake Butt
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Tom Cruise's Fake Butt refers to a conspiracy theory regarding American actor Tom Cruise wearing a prosthetic buttocks in a shot in the 2008 film Valkyrie. Cruise has publicly denied the allegations.
On August 20th, 2017, Twitter  user @iluvbutts247 posted a picture of Tom Cruise bent over in the film Valkyrie. They captioned the picture "hello, please, i present the theory that for one single shot in Valkyrie (2008), at 5:12, tom cruise wears a fake butt. observe:" The post (shown below) received more than 17,000 retweets and 66,000 likes in six weeks.
Over the next week, several Redditors posted about the picture on the subreddits /r/ImagesOfThe2000s, /r/Funny, /r/shittymoviedetails and more.
Shortly after the tweet went viral, several news and media outlets covered the popularity of the theory, including Mashable, Jezebel, AOL, BuzzFeed  and more.
Tom Cruise's Denial
On September 27th, 2017, Tom Cruise responded to reports that he had been wearing a fake buttocks in Valkyrie in an interview with Screen Rant. He said.
"I have no idea. There was no prosthetic in Valkyrie. No.[…]It’s me. It’s not CGI, it’s me. I do my own mooning in films. So let it be known – I do my own mooning."
That day, Twitter user @iluvbutts247 refuted Tom Cruise's dismissal with a variation on a quote from the 2010 film The Social Network. They told The Daily Dot:
"I think if Tom Cruise wants to sit on prosthetics and call himself thicc, he has the right to give it a try, but there’s no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. This ordeal has part of my attention--it has the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of ILuvButts247, where my colleagues and I are doing butt things that no one in Hollywood, including and especially Tom Cruise’s flat ass, are physically or thickly capable of doing."
Several media outlets covered Tom Cruise's response, including Entertainment Weekly, The Daily Dot, HuffPost and more. Additionally, Twitter published a Moments page about Cruise's response.
 Twitter – @iluvbutts247's Tweet
 Mashable – Tom Cruise's fake butt is the internet's newest conspiracy theory
 Jezebel – The Tom Cruise Fake Butt Speculation Is Tremendous
 AOL – Tom Cruise's fake butt is the internet's newest conspiracy theory
 BuzzFeed – Tom Cruise Wearing A Butt Pad Is Honestly My New Sexual Preference
 Reddit – In the movie Valkyrie (2008) at 5:12, Tom Cruise is wearing a fake butt
 Reddit – For a single shot in Valkyrie (2008) I'm pretty sure Tom Cruise wears a fake butt
 Reddit – In the movie Valkyrie, Tom Cruise is wearing a fake butt
 Screen Rant – Tom Cruise Denies ‘Fake Butt’ Rumors
 The Daily Dot – Tom Cruise finally opens up about fake butt accusations in ‘Valkyrie’
 Entertainment Weekly – Tom Cruise addresses fake butt speculation from Valkyrie
 HuffPost – Tom Cruise Swears He Didn’t Have A Fake Butt In ‘Valkyrie’
 Twitter – The Tom Cruise fake butt crowd dealt a serious blow by Tom Cruise himself
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