People don't seem to be buying it.
Yesterday, Superman actor Henry Cavill came under fire for certain comments he made about the #MeToo movement in an interview with GQ.
While promoting the latest Mission Impossible movie, he was asked how the #MeToo movement has affected him.
“Stuff has to change, absolutely,” Cavill said, before adding: “There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman … 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 be called a rapist or something.’
“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?’”
Eh… no, Henry. The actor’s comments caused quite a stir on Twitter:
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
— Jonathan Blades (@JonathanRBlades) 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
Can someone sit Henry Cavill down and have a real-ass chat with him about consent. https://t.co/6hxvsc92VX
— Trash Addict (@trash_addict) July 12, 2018
#HenryCavill is afraid to flirt bc of #Metoo movement? Hold up ✋?#aintnobodygottimeforthat & sorry but bullshit. Don't feel sorry for you at all. Millions of women across the world suffer from all types of abuse every day. Check your priorities. Check urself b4 you wreck urself
— Narnia (@fluegerfan1) July 12, 2018
After seeing the backlash, Henry issued an apology, saying there had been an “misunderstanding” and that he had no intention of being insensitive.
He also implied that his words had been taken out of context:
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. 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.
His apology does not appear to have satisfied many:
Kind of a weird apology from Henry Cavill, mentioning “nuances of editorial liberties” and “looking forward to clarifying” his position on #MeToo. How about just tell us what you said and what you meant, if it wasn’t what was reported?
— Jᴏɴᴏ Pᴇᴄʜ (@JonoHimself) July 13, 2018
Dear men, If you are going to make a statement about sexism, feminism and/or the #metoo movement you might want to just run it past any female in your life before posting it. It might stop these half ass attempts at an apology in the future. #HenryCavill
— Proud Snowflake (@Iwillnotmelt) July 13, 2018
— Jesse Jones (@JesseOfOz) July 12, 2018