Henry Cavill apologizes after saying the #MeToo movement has made his social life ‘very difficult’

by Asfa Shakeel

Henry Cavill recently had to apologize after he faced intense backlash for comments he made about the #MeToo movement inconveniencing his life.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill apologized after making comments about the MeToo movement. (Image source: Instagram/Henry Cavill)

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.

Henry Cavill

He said he likes the idea of chasing women. (Image source: Instagram/Henry Cavill)

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.’

Henry Cavill

He also said the MeToo movement has made his life difficult. (Image source: Instagram/Henry Cavill)

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?’

Henry Cavill

He says it is difficult to not pursue someone after they say no. (Image source: Instagram/Henry Cavill)

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.

Henry Cavill

Cavill faced intense backlash after his comments. (Image source: Instagram/Henry Cavill)

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.

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.

Henry Cavill

He later apologized for his comments. (Image source: Instagram/Henry Cavill)

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.

Henry Cavill

He added that he did not mean any disrespect. (Image source: Instagram/Henry Cavill)

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.

Henry Cavill

He said this experience has taught him a valuable lesson. (Image source: Instagram/Henry Cavill)

Mission Impossible – Fallout was released on July 12.



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