The #MeToo movement has become an entity of its own. Superman actor Henry Cavill recently spoke with GQ Australia about his hesitation to dating. Why? Because he’s afraid of the witch hunt that has become the #MeToo movement. He then faced massive backlash for his honesty and candor.

Cavill was first questioned about what he’s learned from the #MeToo movement:

“I’ve been fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way. 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’.”

He was then questioned about his own behavior:

“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.’ But it’s such a delicate and careful thing to say because there’s flirting which, for example, in a social environment is in context – and is acceptable. And that has been done to me as well, in return.”

Cavill would add:

“Stuff has to change, absolutely. It’s important to also retain the good things, which were a quality of the past, and get rid of the bad things. 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.”

And then Cavill would get to the heart of the situation:

“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?”

He adds:

“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?’”

Cavill doesn’t appear to be alone in this belief. A recent study from LeanIn.org reveals:

“Male managers are three times as likely to say they are uncomfortable mentoring women and twice as uncomfortable working alone with a woman The hesitation to meet with women outside of work is even more pronounced: Senior men were 3.5 times more likely to hesitate having a work dinner with a junior female colleague than a male one–and five times more likely to hesitate to travel for work with a junior woman.”

We’ve also recently seen AMC talk show host Chris Hardwick’s name dragged through the mud along with the loss of multiple business opportunities with AMC based off a single accusation from an ex-girlfriend.

Despite these facts, people were quick to go after Cavill.

But it didn’t take long for people to come to the defense of the Superman star.

Henery Cavill seems to want to do the right thing in the end. Just because he has rational fears about a potential witch hunt, doesn’t mean he’s this horrible person. What do you think? Does Cavill have a point? And has the #MeToo movement created a wall of fear between the sexes?

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Jorge Arenas
Resident Star Trek Specialist/ Writer

Jorge Arenas is a Governmental Affairs Director working in the Southwest. If Starfleet were real his career would be in a much different place. Currently, he specializes in all things Star Trek. He loves DC but has a soft spot for Deadpool. When not writing you can find him on World of Warcraft. Battle.net, ID-PassStage6#1707

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