Henry Cavill Apologizes For His ‘Insensitivity’ About #MeToo Movement Following Backlash
Henry Cavill apologized Thursday for his “insensitivity” about the #MeToo movement following a backlash to his comments in a recent GQ Australia article.
“Having seen the reaction to an article, in particular about my feelings on dating and the #metoo movement, I just wanted to apologize for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created,” the 35-year-old “Superman” star told Page Six.
“Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention,” he added. “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 continued. “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.”
In the article published Tuesday, Cavill said the movement has made it difficult for him to flirt with women for fear he will be labeled a “rapist or something.”
“There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman,” the actor explained. “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.”
“It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place,” he added. “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.'”
“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,” he continued.