Superman Actor Henry Cavil Suffers #MeToo Backlash

Celebs July 17, 2018 By Hugo

Henry Cavill, the British actor, best known for playing Superman, has come under fire on social media for his words about male flirting etiquette in a wide-ranging interview with GQ Australia.

While Cavill has since apologized for his "insensitivity", the star caused a stir when he admitted that he no longer feels comfortable flirting with a woman in public for fear of being branded a rapist.

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The journalist had asked the 35-year-old how #MeToo had affected him, to which Cavill admitted that society "had to change" concerning the treatment of women but that the new sociological landscape had left him feeling less comfortable "chasing a woman".

"I think a woman should be wooed and chased," he said, "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.

"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,'" he added.

"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?"

The comments have since spawned fierce debate on social media over whether Cavill was speaking sense or merely echoing the ignorant viewpoints of a privileged male.

However, the majority of criticism was aimed at his conflating of asking a woman out with committing sexual assault.

A movement spawned from the allegations levied against the now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, many other high-profile actors and media figures have been called out for their behavior, such as the American actor Kevin Spacey and esteemed news anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer. 

What are your thoughts on Cavill's words? Were they, as he later admitted, "insensitive?" Or was he speaking some home truths that many men would agree with?

Whatever your thoughts, we'd love to hear them in the comment section below.

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