Actor Henry Cavill thought he was being honest in GQ Australia interview about his hesitation to dating stating he’s afraid of the witch hunt that has become the #MeToo movement. Well, Cavill was forced to apologize for wrong think after massive backlash for his honesty.
In the interview, Cavill was first questioned about what he’s learned from the #MeToo movement:
“I’ve been fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way. To my memory there’s been no moments where I look back and think, ‘Ooh, OK, maybe someone shouldn’t have gone through that’. I know there have been situations with people I’ve worked with being perhaps 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 was then questioned about his own behavior:
“I like to think that I’ve never been like that. 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.’ But it’s such a delicate and careful thing to say because there’s flirting which, for example, in a social environment is in context – and is acceptable. And that has been done to me as well, in return.”
Cavill would add:
“Stuff has to change, absolutely. It’s important to also retain the good things, which were a quality of the past, and get rid of the bad things. 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.”
And then Cavill would get to the heart of the situation:
“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’. 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? 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?’”
Cavill doesn’t appear to be alone in this belief. A recent study from LeanIn.org reveals:
“Male managers are three times as likely to say they are uncomfortable mentoring women and twice as uncomfortable working alone with a woman The hesitation to meet with women outside of work is even more pronounced: Senior men were 3.5 times more likely to hesitate having a work dinner with a junior female colleague than a male one–and five times more likely to hesitate to travel for work with a junior woman.”.
It didn’t take long for progressives to create outrage and spin his comments out of context.
Cavill since apologized for the backlash to his comments through a rep to The Hollywood Reporter,
“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,” the statement read. “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,” the statement continued. “I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that it so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support.”
Despite the irrational outrage, people did defend Cavill from the backlash
Were Cavill’s comments “controversial” and should he have apologized? Does he have a point about the #MeToo movement?