After five years of dating, comedian and actor Dane Cook, 50, announced on Instagram that he and his partner Kelsi Taylor are officially engaged. At York Beach in Maine, Cook allegedly proposed to Taylor last month.
Taylor had accepted the ring, according to the description of the Instagram video he used to propose. Recognizable figures like YouTuber and model Amanda Cerny, TV personality and former Marine Cody Nickson, and actor Matthew Espinosa, among others, have liked the post over 30,000 thousand times as of right now.
The couple’s age difference of more than 26 years, however, did not sit well with many. Cook took a lot of heat for the claims that the comedian had groomed his 23-year-old fiancée. Online debate was especially heated regarding Cook’s habit of inviting teenage girls to his “gaming night” parties.
What has Dane Cook been accused of?
In April 2017, Dane Cook and Kelsi Taylor made their relationship on Instagram official for the first time. Taylor was 18 years old at the time. However, there have been rumors that Cook and Taylor had been dating since Taylor was a teenager.
Further rumors on Reddit suggested that the two may have been romantically connected with Taylor while she was a minor. These rumors appear to have their origins in the fact that Taylor was mentioned for the first time in the actor’s Instagram post on October 8, 2016. She was about 17 years old at the time.
Tracie Egan Morrissey, a writer, made complaints about the pair on her Instagram stories, which are the source of the majority of these public accusations. At the time, she asserted in one of her stories:
“When they started hanging out, she was definitely underage.”
In the summer of 2016, Dane Cook arranged a number of “gaming evenings” with his pals, inviting a large number of well-known celebrities, most of whom were young adults. These famous people who were teenagers at the time included people like Joey King, Kelsi Taylor, Isabelle Fuhrman, Bella Thorne, and Noah Centineo, according to the r/DeuxMoix subreddit.
The same Reddit post also indicated that Kelsi Taylor went to a Dane Cook-hosted game night party for the first time on March 19, 2017. The two apparently went to a concert two days later, albeit with a group.
Taylor was repeatedly seen visiting Cook’s home a month later. Taylor seems to have been to Cook’s house in April 2017 along with two other people. Cook played a character in American Gods, and it was apparently his character’s premiere party.
The Redditor u/sendchickens gathered all of the instances that Taylor was seen with Cook in a group situation from the actor-Instagram comedian’s pictures.
It appears that Morrissey’s “investigation” is where all of the grooming claims originated. Therefore, it is important to stress that there is no evidence to support assertions that Dane Cook and Kelsi Taylor’s relationship started when she was a minor.
Internet users criticize Dane Cook for his relationship with his future fiancée Kelsi Taylor
Cook, a 50-year-old comedian, has been involved in numerous issues after it was revealed that his game night gatherings featured adolescent superstars. When he made his relationship with Kelsi Taylor public, this reaction was amplified even further.
Because they think it’s natural, they (straight people) don’t think Dane Cook is a groomer. Under capitalism, successful wealthy men are meant to be “rewarded” with young ladies. However, gay relationships aren’t normal, thus someone has to be twisted or altered in some way.
Following the two’s public breakup, the comedian was called a ped**hile in countless comments and Reddit threads. They also made unsupported assertions that he had been training Taylor since she was 17 years old. As of right now, it appears that the most of these contentious rumors are unsupported by any concrete evidence.