Henry Cavill apologizes for saying he is wary of flirting with women over fear of being "called a rapist"
Henry Cavill later released a statement apologizing for his comments, saying being insensitive was not his intention
Henry Cavill apologized on Friday for comments he made in a recent interview, where he said in the wake of the #MeToo movement he was wary of approaching women and talking to them.
The 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' star raised many eyebrows after the GQ Australia article quoted him as saying he was reluctant to pursue relationships with women for fear of being described as "a rapist or something".
Cavill's representative Dany Garcia took to Twitter to share a lengthy apology statement on the behalf of the actor.
In the article, the actor agreed that "stuff has to change, absolutely" but how it is important to "retain the good things, which were a quality of the past," like chasing after and pursuing women. "There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice," Cavill remarked.
"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. Because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to called a rapist or something.’ So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and just go back to a relationship, which never really worked," he continued.
"I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?" he added. "Now? Now you really can’t pursue someone further than, No. 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?" Henry said.
"I like to think that I’ve never been like that," Henry shared before further adding that it is perfectly natural to question oneself when looking at your past, "I think any human being alive today, if someone casts too harsh a light on anything, you could be like ‘Well, OK, yeah when you say it like that, maybe".
Many fans and followers took to social media to call out Cavill for his seriously questionable remarks. Many people pointed out that the actor's response indicated that women are not able to distinguish between flirting and sexual harassment.
One user commented, "#HenryCavill said in his @GQMagazine interview that the #metoo movement has made him nervous to flirt because he doesn’t want to be called a rapist. He is basically saying that women are so sensitive that they can’t even handle someone flirting with them. Superman can suck it".
"Stop trying to derail the conversation by claiming #MeToo wants to ‘stop men ever talking to women’ or some bulls—," added another user. "If you don’t know the difference between politely asking someone out and sexually harassing them, you have a serious problem".
In the statement, Henry revealed, "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," he continued.
"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. I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that it so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support," he added.
However, not everyone was up in arms against Henry's comments, with some people trying to understand what he said and what he would have perhaps meant.
One social media user wrote, "So #HenryCavill admits to being afraid that any attempts to flirt could be misconstrued & clearly states he will stop as soon as they say 'no' & then thousands of ppl jump on his comments & act like he’s actually committed sexual assault? You’re basically proving him right".
Another added, "Henry talking about being old fashioned and chasing women, obviously means pursuing/ courting them. Stop being disingenuous to suit your narrative. Y’all are trash. #henrycavill".