This Is Why Armie Hammer Was Trending and Why Some People Wanted to Call the Police

If you found your late night or early morning stroll through the internet to be marked with weird mentions of “Armie Hammer toes,” surely you didn’t know what to think. Was this some comical new name for a medical condition of the foot? Or a headline for news story concerning a freak accident with the actor’s toes? 

Some people ignored the trending topic while others decided to dig deeper. Many had regrets when they researched why the actor was trending, but nevertheless, a new Twitter/Instagram debate was born. People are upset, disgusted, totally unbothered, or as ET Canada puts it, probably don’t want to know why Armie Hammer is trending. Comments and opinions continue to pour in, but what exactly went down?

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Armie Hammer at 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards | Getty Images/Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

It all started with an Instagram post from Armie Hammer himself

In a world where social media is used to share, overshare, manufacture, or promote, it is hard for celebrities to fly under the radar when they post anything. In a now-deleted IG story, Hammer opted to share a video of his toddler son, Ford, sucking on his toes, adding that it’d gone on for seven minutes straight and with the hashtag, “#footfetishonfleek.”

Personally, I chose not to sit through the clip, but according to E! News, a woman—assumed to be Ford’s mother/Hammer’s wife—can be heard in the background saying, “This is not normal.” Then father and son have a giggle. Thus, it was time to cue the online responses and memes.

People are divided about the video but …

Since it went viral, there’s been no shortage of reactions from the Internet Republic, including comparisons to Hammer’s character in Call Me By Your Name. Many found the clip to be flat out “gross,” “weird,” “inappropriate,” or “disturbing,” or simply described their feelings with a “WTF.” Calls for intervention from the police or children’s services peppered the opinion poll that had an overwhelming feeling of “I wish I could un-see this.”

There were comments pointing out that the child will grow up and learn that this video was posted, possibly leading to ridicule or shame, and then there were those who felt the hashtag itself was the problem because it sexualized the little boy’s actions.

On the flip side, a number of Twitter and IG users defended the actor by noting that kids do weird and nasty things all the time. Fans chimed in to say this was innocent, normal child behavior and that people should relax and chill. Perez Hilton’s Instagram page was a busy discussion hub about the video that wound up gleaning a response from Hammer’s wife, Elizabeth Chambers:

“It wasn’t seven minutes…more like five seconds. Our son likes to play with people’s feet and I put the video on our family stream because this phase is an ongoing joke. Sharing the video on Instagram was def not the best move on A’s part, but I can assure you that our children’s safety and well-being is always our first priority.” 

Soon, this whole thing will probably die down. But don’t be surprised if a talk show host or red carpet interviewer brings up this viral moment the next time Armie Hammer is in the spotlight.