Fans praise 'respectful king' Keanu Reeves for not touching women in photos
What a time to be alive! We are now experiencing the 'Keanuissance,' the artistic and cultural revival of Keanu Reeves. He's a badass action movie star, a 54-year-old thirst trap, and a down-to-earth regular dude. With demand for Keanu higher than ever, he's poised to conquer the world, from movies to video games to modeling.
Now, just when we thought Keanu hit the apex of awesomeness, he smashed through the badass glass ceiling, reaching new heights of awesomeness we never thought possible. Recently Twitter user @KemziLinzi shared a series of images that reveal Reeves rarely touches women in photos. Rather then grip their bodies without consent, he does the infamous "hover hand," whether he's posing with fans or fellow celebrities like Dolly Parton.
The tweet went viral, getting more than 350,000 likes and making Keanu Reeves a trending topic. Several fans praised his considerate behavior, like Twitter user @danktrex, who gushed "i stan a respectful king." "Keanu has the amazing power to make you feel hugged without ever having touched you" marveled @/karr_pe, while @chalkXoutline added, "This should be how it’s done unless ya know the woman doesn’t mind being touched."
In the original post, Twitter user @KemziLinzi commented "Lol Keanu ain't taking no chances." That's an apparent reference to the #MeToo era, in which countless courageous women have forward to share stories sexual harassment, assault and misconduct. "He's trying not to catch a sexual assault charge since even a hug can get you to that point these days," claimed @Nate_A_C, although false allegations of sexual assault are rare.
Other fans disagreed with that assumption. "I don't think embracing someone asking to take a picture with you is disrespectful, in theory," observed, @jacquisneal. "But choosing to still respect their personal space is smart because it is thoughtful."
"That's how I'm reading it [too] - respecting their personal space," agreed @shoetingstar. "I don't think he's reacting to the Me Too movement. That's just how he is. Plus he's a Virgo so he could slightly germaphobic lol."
"cAnnot believe this bunch of morons thinks keanu being respectful is bc he 'doesn't wanna get hit with a lawsuit'," @f_ingspacequeen lamented. "f*** off. he just ain't a f***ing creep like you."
Meanwhile, some Twitter sleuths thought Keanu's behavior was informed by his Asian heritage. "It's called 'manner hands,'" @navrsm__ claimed. "And is used by many men around the world (mainly Asian countries)." Indeed, a Google search confirms the term's existence, and Asia One reported on the gesture in 2013:
"In the West, 'hover hands' are typically associated with geeky and awkward guys, but in South Korea, it's apparently a sign of good manners... The Korean press have even applauded the 'manner hands' gesture as it is seen as respectful."
Well, whatever the motive, people now love the actor even more. The Keanuissance is going 4,000 miles per hour, with no brakes!