With power comes responsibility: Henry Cavill knew it all too well when he filled in Superman’s shoes. That in Cavill’s case extends to life outside the screen as well. The actor has always maintained his stance of being an absolute gentleman and respecting women. But he landed himself in hot waters when he made statements in an interview. Comments that drew criticism and made the Man of Steel apologize.
The aftermath of the interview made Cavill realize how one wrong statement could hurt people’s feelings. This happened as a result of his interview with GQ Australia. When the #MeToo moment was a hot topic especially on social media about women’s safety and rights. When it was Superman’s turn to answer, he landed right into trouble. But what could he have said that landed him in so much trouble? Let us find out.
What led Henry Cavill to apologize for his statements
Henry Cavill may be a Superman in reel life, but in reality, he is a human who makes mistakes. He learned his lesson in 2018 when asked about the #MeToo movement during an interview. The Witcher was asked whether #MeToo had made him consider his own behavior towards women. To which he replied, “I like to think that I’ve never been like that.”
Henry said that it is a delicate thing because in a social environment, flirting is considered normal. So while the bad aspects need to change, it is important to retain the good things. The actor also added that there is something wonderful about a man chasing a woman in a traditional way. But today’s times have made it difficult for men to pursue a woman after they say, “No,” making him have to choose between pursuing her or landing in jail.
Perhaps not jail but his statements drew a lot of backlash from angry #MeToo supporters on social media. One post said, “Wow Henry Cavill I am so utterly sorry that #MeToo movement has inconvenienced you I am so so sorry.” The backlash led Cavill to apologize for hurting people’s sentiments.
The Witcher actor said, “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,” while confirming his support for the #MeToo movement.
It has been some time since this incident took place. The actor will next be seen returning in the next season of Netflix’s The Witcher and before that as Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes 2.
Do you think Henry was just putting in his honest opinion or was he wrong for making such statements? Let us know in the comments below.