Henry Cavill is trying really hard to make himself a victim of the #MeToo movement
If there’s one thing that’s not a good look, it’s a man acting like the #MeToo movement is a personal slight against him. No matter what, that makes you look like an asshole who is incapable of treating women like humans. And now that Henry Cavill has given us his Hot Take™ on the situation, you can add him to those ranks.
Poor, poor Cavill did an interview with GQ Australia, where he lamented that in the days of the #MeToo movement, he’s afraid to approach women, lest he be called a rapist.
But hoo boy, if only that were the extent of it. Cavill’s gave us an entire monologue on this, and it’s all so shockingly gross, it almost feels like we’re being punked. Let’s break it down.
“There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman,” he said. “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.”
I’ll let Twitter go ahead and handle this one.
Today it’s Henry Cavill with “I believe women should be chased”— Grace Petrie (@gracepetrie) July 12, 2018
When did the notion that being chased is a *pleasant* feeling become so universally accepted? pic.twitter.com/z6kQnCzVrF
Say it with me now, ladies: The concept that women should be chased is outdated AF and, frankly, creepy, so it’s time for it to die. Goodbye, thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
Cavill continued, “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 in Cavill’s world, talking is somehow equivalent to rape? Sit down, Superman; that’s absurd, honestly. Not being accused of rape is as simple as… not raping anyone. And before anyone comes at me with stories of false reporting, Twitter handled that, too.
To engage in good faith with people talking about false accusations: they are rare & that’s why those cases are widely reported. The vast majority of actual rapists will face no consequences. False reports are not a problem compared to actual rapes https://t.co/3HMQj3oZRZ pic.twitter.com/ScVSwlSIGA— Helen Price (@HelenRPrice) July 11, 2018
Cavill, seemingly not realizing the hole he’s dug himself into is about to break through the ground in another hemisphere, didn’t even stop there.
“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,'” he added. “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?”
I’m going to just wager a guess at what’s going to happen: You flirt, and you either get rejected or you get a girl’s number. And if you do get accused of rape, you might have made the mistake of thinking that forcing someone to have sex with you is the same as conversation. It’s not. But you know that.
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
Stop trying to derail the conversation by claiming #MeToo wants to “stop men ever talking to women” or some bullshit. If you don’t know the difference between politely asking someone out and sexually harassing them, you have a serious problem.— Helen Price (@HelenRPrice) July 11, 2018
If you can't tell the difference between welcome flirting and harassment/assault, you have a big problem.— Rachel Molnar (@Rachel_Mol) July 11, 2018
— Jonathan Blades (@JonathanRBlades) July 12, 2018
But let’s be real, here. The issue isn’t actually that men are being accused of rape willy nilly. It’s that women are empowered to stand up to the bad actors, and society at large, instead of sweeping this shit under the rug, and people are starting to listen when women talk about their experiences with actual assault and harassment (which are different from flirting, but come on, Henry, even you understand that). What Cavill actually has a problem with here is the fact that traditional gender roles are being replaced by gender equity and agency for women.
I wish (these types of) men were afraid of overstepping the mark with expressing romantic interest. They’re not afraid of “being thought of” as rapists. They’re unnerved that we are moving to a culture of equal footing in romantic relationships and the old script being thrown out— Grace Petrie (@gracepetrie) July 12, 2018
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if it was literally banned for men to ever approach any women ever, neither sex nor the human race would die out. It’s funny but some scientists these days are claiming women are *sentient* creatures with their own agency. Whatever next— Grace Petrie (@gracepetrie) July 12, 2018
Anyway, in conclusion, Henry Cavill is canceled. At least until he learns that respecting women doesn’t put his poor, whiny self out. And men, including Henry Cavill, if you’re so afraid of being accused of rape, there are probably some behaviors you need to examine very carefully within yourself.