Henry Cavill Blames #MeToo For No Longer Being Able To Flirt With Women
Superman? That doesn’t look like you… Oh, Henry Cavill. Just when we thought there were at least a few decent men left in Hollywood, they’ve proven us wrong yet again. The Justice League actor is the lastest male celeb to make a complete ass of himself publicly after he told GQ Australia that he’s hesitant about how to approach the opposite sex during the #MeToo era. He said he won’t flirt with women anymore in fear that they’ll call him “a rapist.” Yep, he completely and utterly missed the whole point of the #MeToo movement. It’s sad that these bonkers quotes hardly even shock us at this point.
His interview started off strong with Henry saying he’s always stood up for his female colleagues. He explained that there have been situations where people were “overfamiliar” with some of the actresses. “But, I’ve always walked up to them and said, ‘Hey, are you all right? That’s creepy,'” he said.
Henry was then asked what he’s learned from the movement and whether it’s made him question his own behavior towards women. “I’ve been fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way,” he said. “I like to think that I’ve never been like that.”
OK, that’s not so bad, right? It’s what he said next that caused the internet to lose their collective minds. He expressed his concern about how #MeToo era how has affected his love life, basically claiming that the movement has prevented him from asking women out on dates.
“There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice,” he said, adding that maybe he’s old school for thinking that women should be “wooed.” He went on to say that following #MeToo, it’s difficult to do that because there are “rules” now.
“Because then 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.’ So you’re like, ‘Forget it,'” Henry said, before explaining that his fame makes it worse. “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?”
He continued, “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?'”
What we’re trying to understand is how he – and most men – cannot wrap their minds around the difference between flirting and sexual assault? Also, why does he think it’s a bad thing to take a woman’s “no” for an answer. Honestly, it just proves he’s really not listening. Dear men, rather than playing the victim, why not actually take the time to understand?
Following the immediate backlash, Henry released a statement (via Buzzfeed), apologizing for the things he said during his interview. “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,” he said.
He went on to say that he will “always and will continue to hold women in the highest of regard” and that he had no intention to disrespect anyone. He also said that this experience had taught him a valuable lesson and that he plans on clarifying his comments in the future.
We will most definitely hold you to it, Henry.