It still boggles my mind that the publicists of Hollywood haven’t gathered up all their dude clients, and hammered their brains into simply saying, “I support the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The end.“, every time they’re asked about sexual harassment and abuse in their industry and beyond. But because some haven’t done that, pretty-faced piles of dumb like Henry Cavill get themselves into trouble by spewing verbal fart bubbles about how he’s afraid to flirt with a woman because she might blow her rape whistle on him. Who knew that Henry Cavill took a course in #MeToo 101 from Professor Morrissey?
Henry did an interview with GQ Australia to promote the next Mission: Impossible movie, and he was asked what he’s learned from the #MeToo movement so far. Henry said this:
“I’ve been fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way. 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’.”
Okay, but then Henry was asked if all of the stories from women getting creeped on by men has caused him to look at his own behavior, and that’s when he should’ve said, “Errr, let’s talk about those desperate supermarket parking lot photo-ops I used to do with that Big Bang Theory chick.” But instead of steering the interview far away from MessyVille, Henry opened up the box of broken light bulbs in his head and let a stream of stupid come out.
“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. It’s important to also retain the good things, which were a quality of the past, and get rid of the bad things.”
And he went on:
“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.”
And then he really went for it and showed us he has trouble grasping the difference between flirting and 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’. 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?’”
I didn’t even think Henry had to worry about flirting, because I thought his PR team set him up with all his dates. But really, you women of the world should feel bad for making Henry feel bad. It’s all your fault that poor Henry can’t ask a woman for her phone number and has to take his sad-self back to his teenage girlfriend’s bedroom and sadly hug her teddy bear while waiting for her to get home from school. You women should be the ones apologizing, but he’s the one who apologized after he was hit with hate for his comments.
“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. 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. 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.”
The thing is, the GQ article says that Henry doesn’t really like talking (I wonder why?), and so his manager sat it on the interview. That manager didn’t do their job and is a mess too. Because as soon as Henry started on that “flirting” thing, the manager should’ve pulled out something shiny and waved it in front of his eyes. If the manager did that, GQ wouldn’t have gotten the response they got. Instead, they would’ve gotten Henry saying, “purdy, sparkly, purdy,” over and over again.