Henry Cavill Gets Criticized For Comments Regarding The #MeToo Movement
On Tuesday, Superman star Henry Cavill discussed the #MeToo movement in an interview with GQ Australia. Things went smoothly until he said the line between flirting and sexual harassment is hard for men to find.
Cavil started off by saying he’s “fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way. I like to think that I’ve never been like that.”
Additionally, the actor said he’s even checked on co-stars after having peculiar encounters with other production members.
“I know there have been situations with people I’ve worked with being perhaps overly familiar with some of the actresses,” he said. “But, I’ve always walked up to them and said, ‘Hey, are you all right? That’s creepy.’”
Of sexual harassment in the workplace and at large, the Man of Steel star said, “Stuff has to change, absolutely,” he said. “It’s important to also retain the good things, which were a quality of the past, and get rid of the bad things.”
However, the mood began to change when Cavill reflected on courtship.
“There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman,” he said. “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.”
The actor said “the chase” is perhaps hard to win due to “rules” that obstruct a man from approaching a woman.
“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 be called a rapist or something,’” he said. “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?’”
With this, Twitterdom has slammed the actor for playing the “victim” in the #MeToo movement.
This is absurd. If Henry Cavill doesn’t want to be called a rapist then all he has to do is… not rape anyone.
— Helen Price (@HelenRPrice) July 11, 2018
Henry Cavill could never act in a way that makes me uncomfortable, or in any way
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) July 12, 2018
Good. Henry Cavill *SHOULDN’T* date until he figures out how to do it without “accidentally” raping someone. pic.twitter.com/RywLedYkpS
— Donna Dickens (@MildlyAmused) July 11, 2018
What the fuck is this garbage, Henry Cavill?
Rape culture is when women start speaking up about their abuse and men think that they can’t flirt anymore.
If your flirting can be interpreted in any shape or form as sexual assault, I recommend you review your flirting game. pic.twitter.com/8OyI5JrtQp
— Jennifer Scheurle (@Gaohmee) July 13, 2018