Henry Cavill Called Out for Controversial 'Rapist' Comments That's Sparking Outrage

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Superman is in hot water, y'all. Henry Cavill is catching major heat for an interview with GQ Australia where the 35-year-old action star hottie opened up about the #MeToo movement and fears of being called a "rapist." And let's just say the interwebs aren't happy (at all) and are sounding off.

  • Henry recently spoke to GQ Australia where he opened up about his life and thoughts on current issues -- like the #MeToo movement.

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    "I've been fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way," the Justice League star told GQ Magazine about what he's learned from the #MeToo movement.

    "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.'

    I like to think that I've never been like that. I think any human being alive today, if someone casts too harsh a light on anything, you could be like, 'Well, OK, yeah, when you say it like that, maybe.'"

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  • But the Man of Steel landed in hot water after admitting he likes the tradition of a man "chasing a woman," but is scared of being called a "rapist."

    "Stuff has to change, absolutely," Cavill quickly noted about toxic masculine behavior. "It's important to also retain the good things, which were a quality of the past, and get rid of the bad things."

    The model actor continued:

    "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?

    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?'"
  • Needless to say, a number of people took issue with Henry's thoughts of "chasing" women.

  • And think it's "absurd" he would even fear being called a rapist for trying to pursue a woman.

  • Folks are legit pissed.

    Like, really mad.

  • And are letting Henry have it.

  • But not everyone is outraged over the actor's sentiments and think critics need to pipe down.

  • Because they're kinda proving his point.

  • Henry has since apologized for his "insensitive" comments. But is it enough?

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    "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," the Hollywood star mentioned in a statement to the Press Association.

    "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 which I wholeheartedly support."

    Is his apology accepted?