Henry Cavill recently had to apologize after he faced intense backlash for comments he made about the #MeToo movement inconveniencing his life.
While speaking to GQ Australia about his new film Mission Impossible – Fallout, Cavill talked about how the world and social environment around him has changed since the upsurge of the #MeToo movement and influx of women calling out men in Hollywood for inappopriate behavior. He said, “Stuff has to change, absolutely. 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.”
He added that he is now hesitant in his interactions with women, “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 also said that now once someone says no, they cannot be pursued at all, explaining, “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?’”
Immediately, Twitter went into meltdown as women rose up against this opinion, saying that in it was unfair of Cavill to complain about not getting to pursue women beyond a no, and that if he wanted them not to report him for harassment, all he had to do was to not harass them.
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
— Ana Tessier (@anatessier08) July 11, 2018
I’m hoping that #HenryCavill was just grossly misquoted when it comes to the #MeToo movement. How do you just assume by talking to a woman she’s going to accuse you of being a rapist? Have some common sense, dude.
— Poomz (@The_Poomz) July 11, 2018
Look. I like Henry Cavill. I think he’s a generally nice and charming guy, but that’s a really bad take on the #MeToo situation. I hope that he can learn from some of this backlash in order to change his perspective and grow as a person. In fact, I hope a lot of people can do it.
— Andrew Stewart (@Avenging_Andrew) July 12, 2018
Women: Your tacit acceptance of abuse & false accusation fearmongering in the face of us dealing with real repeat assaults without consequences to the abusers is what sanctions our abuse.
— Raquelle Jason (@RaquelleJason) July 13, 2018
Today it’s Henry Cavill with “I believe women should be chased”
When did the notion that being chased is a *pleasant* feeling become so universally accepted? pic.twitter.com/z6kQnCzVrF
— Grace Petrie 100% Official Tweets (@gracepetrie) July 12, 2018
Others also took to social media to support Cavill, saying his delivery might have been bad but that he had a point in what he was trying to say. Most people also highlighted that given Cavill’s position, it was understandable that he would be wary of people accusing him falsely in order to get a profit. Others also pointed out that in the current culture, any disagreeable opinion was immediately discarded instead of debated. and that was a problem.
Y’all mad at Henry Cavill but he’s for real speaking some facts. Some men are afraid that an innocent gesture can be perceived as harassing if that’s what the women says, because in the #MeToo culture the man can never defend his name and its usually taken as fact. He’s not wrong
— Ace Epperson (@Detroit_Paws_) July 12, 2018
Think about it.. an OPINION.
Me too? No. Should be #metoosensative
— Edwin Palacios Ayala (@EdwinTheGreatt) July 12, 2018
Henry Cavil pretty much said hes extremely cautious and hesistant with making moves and dating because hes famous and cuz of #metoo
Woman: “Your Trash” pic.twitter.com/cO0bB8r6XH
— BrokenGamez4K (@WeaponWheelPC) July 13, 2018
Henry Cavill has legitimate concerns over the #metoo movement, but instead of discussing them, idiots are more complied to just call him names and ‘cancel’ him then actually talk about the effects it has to all sides.
— Hyperionswift (@hyperionswift) July 12, 2018
Creating fake outrage over Henry Cavill comments on #metoo is exactly what Cavill was talking about. Feminism is so contested these days and anything off edge is deemed unacceptable.
— Aravind Rahul (@aravindvrahul) July 12, 2018
#henrycavill oh dear. Very poor choice of words. I like to think I know what he meant. Replace chased with court. Maybe say, the #metoo movement has affected the way I approach women. Has made me question my actions. Unsure of how my intentions will be perceived. Sound Better?
— Rhonda En Route (@RhondaWoman) July 12, 2018
Time for a wildly unpopular opinion. I agree with almost everything Henry Cavill said in his interview with GQ. He expressed fears of dating, and how movements such as #MeToo have made it incredibly difficult for men in the public eye to date, because at this point… (1/4)
— Ben Hesketh (Nyxara) (@BenTHesketh) July 12, 2018
Usually don’t talk about politics much, however i have to state that i agree with #henrycavill on the nonsense of the #metoo movement woman are over exaggerating in alot of cases. Also abusing the system for attention. Just my opinion.
— “baby face” Bobby Bemer (@bobbybtv) July 12, 2018
About Henry Cavill Comment – We live in a world where all nuance in a debate is dead. Rational voices get drowned out. Unfortunately, if your actions are left up to other people’s interpretations, they will be judged as the worst & most extreme definitions.
— Rulian (@RulianCo) July 12, 2018
Cavill later apologized for his comments and delivery in a statement to the Press Association, saying, “Having seen the reaction to an article, in particular about my feelings on dating and the #MeToo movement, I just wanted to apologise for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created. Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention.”
He also added that he respects women and did not intend to disrespect them with what he said, “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. Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form.”
He then directed some of the blame relating to the delivery of his words to the editing of the article, and added that he held the movement in very high regards, saying, “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 is so vitally important and which I wholeheartedly support.”
Mission Impossible – Fallout was released on July 12.