The #MeToo movement has gained recognition and awareness in recent months for exposing sexual harassment and biases. The effects of the movement have been seen around the globe.
However, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, one actor is speaking out. Henry Cavill, the man who plays Superman in the iconic Hollywood films, says it's hard to date since the #MeToo movement has gained attention.
“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,” Cavill, 35, said in a profile published by GQ Australia on Tuesday, July 10. “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 my 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 flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?”
His comments rocked a lot of #MeToo supporters. However, he added more to his statement, according to US Magazine.
The Man of Steel star added: “Now? Now you really can’t pursue someone further than, ‘No.’ It’s like, ‘OK, cool.’ But then there’s like, ‘Oh, why’d you give up?’ And it’s like, ‘Well, because I didn’t want to go to jail?’”
Cavill was met with harsh criticism online for his comments. He immediately tried to clarify what he meant and even backtrack his words.
“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,” he told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, July 12. “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 is so vitally important in which I wholeheartedly support.”
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