Tuesday, January 10, 2017

'Knee Porn: What's the Big Deal?'


 
 
      In the movie ‘Braveheart’, the story of the First War of Scottish Independence is told.  ‘Braveheart’ features the actor Mel Gibson who plays the infamous Scottish warrior, William Wallace.   The film won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, and Best Sound Editing at the 68th Academy Awards. Throughout the film, Mel Gibson is wearing the traditional Scottish kilt.  His knees and legs are clearly seen throughout the movie.  Although this film won many awards and Mel Gibson has lovely knees, there was no mention of knee porn related to the wearing of the kilt.
 
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      When James McAvoy (X-Men) wore a kilt to an after party following the Royal Film Performance and the World Premiere of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ in 2005, there was no mention of knee porn on the television talk shows. 
 
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      Gerard Butler (Lara Croft, How to Train Your Dragon) dressed in a brown leather kilt, pink shirt, untied army boots and carried a sword at a Scottish Evening of Fashion and Fun at Copacabana in New York City in 2005.  Although those in attendance had a good laugh at Gerard’s expense, the internet did not light up with kneeporn articles. 
 
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      At the Johnnie Walker ‘Dressed to Kilt 2007’ fashion show at the Capitale Theater in New York City, Tony Curran (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) wore a plaited green kilt and danced a jig down the runway.  Twitter was not all a-twitter with #Kneeporn tweets.
 
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      Yet, on August 9, 2014, the first episode of   Starz’ Outlander premiered.  Since that day, Knee Porn has become a social media buzz word.  In fact, a search of Twitter using the hashtag #kneeporn shows that Chelle Yodogawa ‏@kykico posted it on September 1, 2014.  She said “Is anyone else pausing the stable scene and trying to get a peek under the kilt?” #kneeporn #OutlanderCAN @Heughan @Writer_DG
 
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      This tweet was in reference to “the kilt” worn by the character Jamie Fraser who is played by actor Sam Heughan.  Heughan’s portrayal of Jamie Fraser has taken the internet by storm.  Facebook groups have sprung up with overwhelming numbers of adoring fans.  Photos of Sam in every different possible situation are being passed around social media.  Memes are being created and photo collages are being displayed. 
 
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      Though most of Mr. Heughan’s rather magnificent physique has been displayed in the storyline of the show, it is his knees that have caused the most conversation online.  One woman said, “Jamie was covered in blood, and all I can see is his knees….”  There have been offers to marry Sam’s knees.  People are thanking God for “the” knees.  Instead of drawing attention to their abs, men are taking pictures of the sexy knees.  Michele Watkins #watkinsteam tweeted, “We hit the motherlode!! #kneeporn #Outlander.”
 
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      Season Three of Outlander is being filmed in Scotland and South Africa. It is expected to air on Starz in April 2017, barring any complications during filming.   The producers have promised to delight its audience with more adventures, intrigue and romance.  No doubt, there will be more opportunities for viewers to have a “wee” glimpse of Jamie Fraser’s knees here and there.  Just how far these devoted Outlander fans will go with their #KneePorn addictions is yet to be determined.  It will certainly be amusing to watch as this phenomenon continues to unfold.  Expect an overload of photos of hairy, sexy legs. 
 
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More information about the Outlander series can be found at https://www.starz.com/series/outlander/episodes  The first episode is free! 
Disclaimer:  If Starz gets their nickers in a wad about this post, I say this:  Stop yer whinin', lads.  I have provided a link to yer page. Just so ye ken, I make not a shillin' off this blog.