EARLIER THIS WEEK, Henry Cavill bore the brunt of considerable criticism when he appeared to suggest that the #MeToo movement created an environment of fear for men, and wreaked havoc on the art of flirting.
In a questionable response to his understanding of the social movement during an interview with GQ, the actor said it preventing men from flirting, and ultimately left them open to accusations of rape.
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’.
Henry then said that he would rather return to a dysfunctional previous relationship than attempt to initiate a new one due to the impact his celebrity status.
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.
Naturally, the Mission: Impossible actor’s hugely misguided remarks were met with incredulity, as members of the public sought to remind the 35-year-old that there is a stark difference between flirting and unwanted advances.
Thankfully, Henry appears to have listened, and has since issued a statement acknowledging the backlash.
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.
Hammering the point home, he continued:
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.
However, he then appears to suggest that his words were actually taken out of context.
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 in which I wholeheartedly support.
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