British actor Henry Cavill is facing criticism after the Marvel star claimed that the #MeToo movement was an inconvenience because it made him afraid of flirting with women without “being called a rapist.”
“There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice. I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I’m old-fashioned for thinking that. It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place,” Cavill told GQ, blithely ignoring how the other side might feel when people in positions of power, such as actors on movie sets, “chase” around the women who work there.
“It’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something,’” Cavill continued. “So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked.’ But it’s way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?”
“Now you really can’t pursue someone further than, ‘No,’” he added. “It’s like, ‘OK, cool’. But then there’s the, ‘Oh why’d you give up?’ And it’s like, ‘Well, because I didn’t want to go to jail?’”
After a public outcry over his comments, which were construed by many observers as an attack on the notion that one should back off of making sexual advances when asked to as well as a criticism of prohibitions against sexual harassment in the workplace in general, the actor issued an apology of sorts in a statement to Page Six.
“Having seen the reaction to an article in particular about my feelings on dating and the #metoo movement, I just wanted to apologize for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created. Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention. In light of this I would just like to clarify and confirm to all that I have always and will continue to hold women in the highest of regard, no matter the type of relationship, whether it be friendship, professional, or a significant other” Cavill said on Thursday. “Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form. This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties.”
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