Henry Cavill faces angry backlash over 'ridiculous' flirting comments

Henry Cavill faces angry backlash over 'ridiculous' flirting comments

Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal first emerged in late 2017, we have seen more people come forward to speak about sexual harassment and assault than ever before. First, those in the industry that accused the disgraced producer grew and grew, now reaching around eighty women. This then emboldened others to come forward about abusers that have gotten away with it in the past.

There have been countless examples since, with the Time's Up movement focusing on not letting those that abuse their position of power get away with it anymore, while the #MeToo hashtag allowed victims to share their experiences with one another. Communicating these stories helped to educate some on what they haven't been through, while inspiring solidarity between those that have.

One of the most recent examples of the power of this movement came from Terry Crews. Last November, the Brooklyn 99 actor publicly accused head of the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor, Adam Venit, of groping him, after he felt that his initial reports of the incident went nowhere.

Now, he has used his story to speak on how men can also be victims of sexual assault, and that the root cause of many of these issues is toxic masculinity. Speaking at a hearing about the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights in June, he said:

"The assault lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while he held my genitals in his hand, was that he held the power. That he was in control. This is how toxic masculinity permeates culture."

However, while there are some men out there fighting the good fight, there are others who aren't quite up to speed on what exactly 'Me Too' means in 2018. Henry Cavill, best known for portraying Superman in recent years, spoke to GQ Australia about what it's like to date in the modern era - and his "old-fashioned" take hasn't gone down well at all:

"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?

Of course, this didn't go down well on Twitter, with plenty of people coming forward to explain why his comments were problematic.

As many users pointed out online, this is a troubling take on a movement that sought to stamp out sexual misconduct.

If you believe your style of dating could be mistaken for sexual assault, you likely need to have a long look at how you behave around others.