"The last time you made just a passing reference to KR, one of his defenders was on the thread within minutes, or possibly seconds. It's like a kind of Keanu SWAT team. I love it!"
Far out in a small unregarded corner of the Internet lay a message board frequented by about twenty or so regulars. Years spent in unyielding defense of one of the most maligned actors in Hollywood had hardened most of them into cynical misanthropes whose hope in humanity was steadily diminishing with each repetitively-uncreative and usually arboreal insult.
One of them - a hapless Singaporean student who takes everything too seriously - decided that having a website to link to would save a lot of time and trouble, because there're really only so many times one can insist on Keanu's lack of plant cells before one starts getting mad and destroying furniture.
Thus began WINM in January 2008, initially consisting of no more than a stock supply of counterarguments against common attacks on Keanu's acting. At WINM, we win 'm, and the webmaster swears that the original tree-inspired colour scheme was completely unintentional.
Banded together by this site, we grew more ambitious and started spreading out into the rest of the Internet in search of people or articles that unfairly insulted Keanu, whereupon we would either debate them in comments or get 'em via the privacy of e-mail. One day, someone dubbed us the 'Keanu SWAT Team', and so that is the name that we now go by.
Eventually - in the space of less than a year - the site grew past its original purpose of defending The Anu against those who would see him out of Hollywood if they could. It mysteriously extended into a full-blown fansite and is now one of the largest Keanu sites on the Internet. Among other things, it includes the largest Keanu Reeves articles and interviews archive to be found anywhere on the Web.
These things happen. No one quite knows how.
For those who have incredulously wondered how much time we spend on this, we appreciate your concern, and would like to say that most of us are perfectly functional human beings. No, we are not a bunch of overweight slobs sitting in our parents' basements munching on chips. A few of those descriptors might be true, but not all at once. Many of us in K-SWAT have jobs and interesting lives. Do you have a job and an interesting life?
For anyone who wants to know, nope, we are not in any way officially affliated with Keanu Charles Reeves. Most likely he does not know we exist. It's probably a good thing. We might scare him.
THE ORIGINAL KEANU SWAT TEAM
We've since grown beyond our original number, and basically everyone who's a member on this site is a member of K-SWAT. The full member list is available here.
|Reconnaissance, Ground Assault and Technical Support||ckage|
|Website & Tactical Aid||Anakin McFly|
|Fiercelyred (German-to-English), EllieP (German-to-English), Sephonae (Spanish-to-English), keanugirl76 (Italian-to-English)|
|Artillery Support||Steanu, LuxN, lanathegreat88, keanugirl76, tiikay, EllieP|
|TDTESS Pond Outpost||SuchAPotsie, MissLilly|
|Homebase Defence||lefty10, pretendyouredead, TheWyleyOne, Speed_of_Late, mz_black, noodnix, EverythingIsMagic, Jakuja, personality_disorder|
|Honorific Member||Rob Mailhouse, because he once swallowed a goldfish.|
IMAGINARY BACKUP STAFF TO MAKE US LOOK BIGGER THAN WE REALLY ARE
|Technical Support (2)||Thomas A. Anderson|
|Public Relations||Tom Ludlow|
|Medical Services for Injuries Sustained from Public Relations||Dr. Julian Mercer|
|Exorcism Services in Case the Medical Services Did Not Work||John Constantine|
|Legal Representative for Suits Due to the Above||Kevin Lomax|
|Insurance to Cover Above Costs||David Allen Griffin|
|Dentist to Scare Children||Dr. Perry Lyman|
|Complaints Department||Marlon James|
|Complaints Department Bodyguard||Jack Traven|
|Sex Appeal||Ortiz the Dog Boy|
ABOUT THE WEBMASTER
When not defending the good name of Keanu Reeves or engaging in theological debates on IMDb, I'm a student at the National University of Singapore, majoring in Communications and New Media. Apart from being a Keanu fansite, WINM is also a showcase of my work - writing, argumentation, computer programming, web design and graphic design. Or maybe that's just the excuse I'm using to spend more time on this.
Keanu Fan Since: July 2004
Keanu Films Watched: 36
Favourite Keanu Films: The Matrix, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Speed, I Love You to Death, The Devil's Advocate, The Night Before
Least Favourite Keanu Films: Dracula, Point Break, The Matrix Reloaded, the 5 minutes of Johnny Mnemonic I survived through. Will attempt to watch whole thing. Some people claim it's good. But those people also claimed Point Break was good.
Favourite Keanu Character:
Conor O'Neill Neo
Favourite Dogstar Music: 32 Stories, Cornerstore, Enchanted