That Time Keira Knightley Took a Girl to Prom and Was Scolded for Being “Disgusting”

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Lady celebs dish on their sapphic smooches.
At a young age, Keira Knightley learned that homophobia is everywhere.

Speaking with Vulture, the Laggies actress recalled the time she was told she was “disgusting” for bringing a gal pal to prom. Knightley, who was in the process for filming her breakout movie Bend It Like Beckham at the time, said that she was pulled aside by a teacher and scolded after her friend had kissed her while they were getting their photos taken.

She remembered:

Yeah, I went to prom with my best mate, Emily. We both turned up an hour late, and I’d been filming Bend It Like Beckham, and I turned up in leather pants and a crop top, and she was a model for a while, and she’d been in Paris shooting something, and she turned up as the boy, so she had a black tie with ripped jeans on, and everybody else was completely dressed up, obviously, in that kind of finery, and then we had our picture taken underneath the thing, and she’s kissing me, and we were told that that was disgusting.”

“And one of the teachers took us both aside and said we were never going to come to anything if we didn’t know how to dress appropriately for events like that,” she continued. “So that was my prom. We had a great time!”

And if that wasn’t depressing enough, the British actress also noted that she was not allow to buy the so-called incriminating photo of her sapphic kiss.

Knightley, who is now married to The Klaxons’ James Righton, added, “Our photograph, though, wasn’t allowed — you know when you get up and, I don’t know if this is in America, but you collect all the photographs of prom and you buy whatever ones you want. Ours wasn’t allowed to be displayed on that because it wasn’t appropriate.”

Ugh. Not cool, people.