Full disclosure: I’m totally crushing on Henry Cavill, AKA the dude who plays Superman. But in my defense, I think most ladies are. I mean, look at him.
First snazzy cover without the moustache! What do you guys reckon? Prefer with or without? Also, I just wanted to throw out a huge thank you to the pros at GQ Italia who made this shoot so fun and easy to be a part of! @gqitalia @sonolucadini (Editor in Chief) @andreatenerani (Creative & Style Director) @nicoloandreoni (Fashion Editor) @vanessa.contini_ (Casting Director) #michelangelodibattista (Photographer)
And look at his dog!
ANYWAY. When I found out he was in trouble for offending #MeToo feminists, I had to get to the bottom of it. What happened?
It all started after he talked about the reality of dating during an interview with GQ. He basically said it’s hard to flirt and date in this new #MeToo era, because (I’m paraphrasing here) feminists are insane lunatics who consider genuine compliments “sexual harassment.”
“I’ve been fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way,” he says. “To my memory there’s been no moments where I look back and think, ‘Ooh, OK, maybe someone shouldn’t have gone through that’. I know there have been situations with people I’ve worked with being perhaps overfamiliar with some of the actresses. But, I’ve always walked up to them and said, ‘Hey, are you all right? That’s creepy’.”
Have the revelations made you reflect on your own behaviour with women? “I like to think that I’ve never been like that. I think any human being alive today, if someone casts too harsh a light on anything, you could be like, ‘Well, OK, yeah, when you say it like that, maybe.’
“But it’s such a delicate and careful thing to say because there’s flirting which, for example, in a social environment is in context – and is acceptable. And that has been done to me as well, in return.”
“Stuff has to change, absolutely,” he adds, addressing men’s behaviour. “It’s important to also retain the good things, which were a quality of the past, and get rid of the bad things.
“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.
“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’. 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?
“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?’”
He made a clear distinction between the pervs of the world and the flirtatious men of the world. I can totally see why men– particularly famous men like Henry– are hesitant. All it takes is single accusation to ruin your reputation.
None of his remarks were offensive. There is something beautiful and romantic about a man chasing a woman. The feminist movement wants to eradicate that. They pump out that “If I want a man, I’ll get me a man” attitude, but in reality, that’s not what most women desire.
Most women want to be pursued.
But feminists go, “OMG PURSUED?!!!?!? RAPE! #TRIGGERED #DONTNEEDNOMAN!”
I totally get where Henry is coming from. He sounds like an old school kinda guy, and I love that vibe. Feminists, however, do not.
Henry Cavill a whole idiot. The whole Me Too movement has him scared someone may call him a rapist?? Just don’t rape anyone HENRY
— Jaz 🚺 🇭🇷 (@BaddestPadme) July 12, 2018
This is absurd. If Henry Cavill doesn’t want to be called a rapist then all he has to do is… not rape anyone.
— Helen Price (@HelenRPrice) July 11, 2018
If you’re approaching women in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe, then YOU need to change your behavior, instead of whining about how some men are now facing consequences for serial harassment and assault.
— Helen Price (@HelenRPrice) July 11, 2018
I just…what???? Where in that interview did he defend sexual assault???
Today it’s Henry Cavill with “I believe women should be chased”
When did the notion that being chased is a *pleasant* feeling become so universally accepted? pic.twitter.com/z6kQnCzVrF
— Grace Petrie 100% Official Tweets (@gracepetrie) July 12, 2018
#henrycavill oh dear. Very poor choice of words. I like to think I know what he meant. Replace chased with court. Maybe say, the #metoo movement has affected the way I approach women. Has made me question my actions. Unsure of how my intentions will be perceived. Sound Better?
— Rhonda En Route (@RhondaWoman) July 12, 2018
Things that make me go #WTF. If your approaching to “chasing” and/or talking to or picking up women leads you to be afraid a woman might accuse you of Rape and/or Sexual Assault this leads me to question your style of “chasing” women. #DoBetter #HenryCavill #MeToo
— Crystal Storm (@WriterStreamer) July 12, 2018
They’re blinded by feminism. But the backlash was so severe that Henry felt compelled to apologize.
“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.”
“Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention,” the statement read. “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,” Cavill said. “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 it so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support.”
That entire statement was unnecessary. There’s nothing to clarify. Feminists are insane, and their reactions to his initial remarks prove it.