No press is bad press, right?
With just over a week before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, two of the franchise’s main characters have gotten themselves into some pretty serious hot water for a pair of very stupid and offensive comments.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, and Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, were asked how they felt about Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson’s character) ending up with Hulk instead of with one of them.
Renner’s immediate, dry response?
“She’s a slut.”
Evans then bursts into laughter and confesses, “I was gonna’ say something along that line. Complete whore […] just flirtin’ with everybody.”
Okay, so while the remarks were admittedly uncalled for, they were made in jest (about a fictitious character). But Renner and Evans’ fun doesn’t stop there.
“She has a prosthetic leg, anyway,” he says, dismissively, as if that made her less important.
Needless to say, fans are NOT happy with the duo’s remarks. While slut shaming is, unfortunately, all-too-common in today’s society, it was the belittling comment about the prosthetic leg that really took listeners by surprise. Even the interview’s host seemed uncomfortable afterwards.
These super-idiots should have thought before opening their mouths.
YES its okay to like chris evans and jeremy renner NO its not okay to try to justify what they said it was problematic accept it and move on
— stevebucky emma (@PRESERUMPINING) April 22, 2015
A lot of respect lost for Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans today. Sexist and ableist jokes are never funny, even if they are said sarcastically
— Abi Toman (@abikababi) April 23, 2015
By not condemning Evans' and Renner's comments, @Disney is giving off a STRONG anti women vibe.
— Arctic Raven (@AtheistRaven) April 23, 2015
Many are willing to forgive Evans while pinning the blame on Renner:
Honestly, still inclined to think Evans is a good guy overall. But Renner can sit and spin.
— Ashley Ford (@iSmashFizzle) April 23, 2015
Do Evans and Renner’s comments go way too far? See how upset “Avengers” fans are.