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Chris Evans & Jeremy Renner Release Statements After Calling Black Widow 'Slut' & 'Whore'

Chris Evans & Jeremy Renner Release Statements After Calling Black Widow 'Slut' & 'Whore'

Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner have both issued apologies after the video of them calling Black Widow a “slut” and “whore” caused a ton of controversy.

“Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America. We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize,” Chris told JustJared.com in a statement.

“I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone,” Jeremy told JustJared.com in a statement. “It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour.”

Watch the video interview where they make the comments here if you didn’t see it.

Also pictured inside: Jeremy and Chris at the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere in London earlier in the week.

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  • FerCat

    So, reduced to apologizing to fictional characters. Sigh…

  • Teni Eliza

    I’m glad they apologized. It may not seem bad to some people, but it still was tasteless and I can’t imagine a woman saying that regarding a male character. I think most people knew they were joking but still nice of them to acknowledge it being juvenile.

  • megan

    I think these days women are far more open in their comments about men than men are about women. I honestly think a woman using those exact words about a male character would be greeted with hoots of laughter and a big pat on the back from the internet. I do think they were right to apologize for their tastelessness, but I can’t help loving Renner for his commitment to sarcasm.

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  • FerCat

    The one who should be apologizing is the person who keeps writing Black widow as an overtly sexual archetype in a Disney movie.

    It would be fine if this were a Zack Snyder movie. Yet even he was able to avoid such nonsense in Man of Steel.

  • Lo Mo

    the core problem is that still if a woman pursues two men, she instantly a whore.
    if hawkeye was pursueng black widow and sue storm at the same time, he would not be called instantly a cheat but a player.
    why weren’t they commenting: “hey, good for black widow, two men, yay, what a stamina!”

  • Lo Mo

    the core problem is that still if a woman pursues two men, she instantly a whore.
    if hawkeye was pursueng black widow and sue storm at the same time, he would not be called instantly a cheat but a player.
    why weren’t they commenting: “hey, good for black widow, two men, yay, what a stamina!”

  • Tassia

    Honestly I haven’t seen any problem about these comments, it’s pretty clear they were joking around and makinf fun of it. People don’t know how to understand irony or even black humor. But it’s great they have responded to this controversy, it makes them look aware of the proportion of their comments. I thought it was nice and gentle.

  • Kaitlyn

    The future of comedy will pretty much be bloggers forcing celebrities for acting like humans.

    Goodbye humor, we’ll miss you.

  • j k

    lol angry nerd fans

  • j k

    Disney? I know they acquired it but movies like these aren’t on the same level as say Cinderella.

  • tx345453

    you know the woman who portrayed the black widow should get 1 free shot to say what ever she likes to each one of them in a joking manner to be fair and then its fair with everyone involved

  • Teni Eliza

    I’m sure it also has to do with Black Widow being the sole female superhero, up until Scarlett Witch now. She’s in a male dominant movie franchise so I’m sure people just had hoped they’d treat her with most respect.

  • JP88

    Obviously they were joking but it still surprised me they would joke that way when I saw the vid. It was Jeremy who first said it and Chris kinda just went along with it. Jeremy leans towards the side of crass and tasteless. Even though his face looks old and tired, he has fratboy humor.

    I thought it was unfair to joke that way about Scarlett’s character. Can’t imagine any of them calling Robert’s character a SLOOT WHUARE even though Tony Stark has slept with tons of women. Although it was said in jest, their joke does highlight the sexism and unfairness in our society. It’s 2015, let’s try to progress beyond that (even in our jokes).

  • tx345453

    but you know what they say when a woman or a black widow bites back your instantly dead no matter what black widows eats their mates and kills them after they have intercourse dont believe me look it up under black widow spider science facts

  • JP88

    Exactly. Why don’t the female cast jokingly refer to RDJ’s character as a SLOOT or to Hemsworth character as a WHUAR? Both play unabashedly unashamedly promiscuous men in Tony Stark and Thor, especially towards the beginning of the series.

  • JP88

    Your missing the point, bb, It’s not about them insulting a fictional character. It’s about how their joking highlights real gender inequality in our society. They would never joke that way about one of the male fictional characters.

  • Baseliner

    omg, stop with the sensitivity!!

  • Mary

    THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. The issue is with the insult they chose. Doesn’t matter that it’s a fictional character or it’s “just a joke.” It’s the fact that THAT was joke they went for when a woman is the butt of the “joke”, and that indeed, Hawkeye or Captain America would never be whores or sluts.

  • Baseliner

    completely agree. women can say anything about men and it will be called “female empowerment” but when a man says a joke, its “misogynistic”

  • Baseliner

    actually women are allowed to get away with a lot than men are. if a women said the same thing people would laugh but a man says it and he is “misogynistic”

  • Mary

    Kaitlyn, this isn’t the death of humour. It’s the rise of people noticing the nefarious double standards. The issue is with the joke insult they chose, which would never have crossed their minds when joking about one of the male characters. Hawkeye or Captain America would never be
    whores or sluts. They’d be “swimming in the pussy, bro.” *fist bump* They’re celebs and heavy is the head that wears the crown – don’t call women sluts or whores! Even if it’s a fictional character. :)

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  • Silly People

    Chris Evans apology sounded like an apology and that he was a little embarrassed to have said something so dumb in an interview. Jeremy Renner sounded condescending and obnoxious, like he always does. Poor guy having to suffer through boring interviews after being paid millions.
    Hard life.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Runner’s no-BS statement is the best. It IS a fictional character, and those press tours ARE exhausting and tedious. But we have yet ANOTHER example of how Feminism has turned women into perpetually offended, angry harpies and men into simpering cowards.

  • YeahWrite

    And yet, for weeks I’ve seen Evans referred to as a “f*ckyboy” and “manwhore”, not to mention grossly sexually explicit comments on photos of him, or in response to something he tweets. There is a ton of fan fiction that has him use these very words when interacting with the female character in the fiction; to her arousal. I can name hundreds of rap songs that contain these very words — and you all make it a hit record; dancing to a video that is laced with the objectification of women.

    Your double standards are showing society.

    Your choices of when this kind of language is appropriate consists of many blurred lines! If they are acceptable in rap lyrics, or in the consensual confines of erotic fiction; that it should also stand two men who make an obvious sarcastic response to an already incredibly ridiculous and sexist question (by a female reporter!) should not be thrown to the fire.
    Make up your damn minds: the inherent meaning of these words is not mutable. If they are wrong in the situation where Evans and Renner used them, then they should be wrong everywhere else. If you are going to draw lines in the sand; draw them straight and stick to it.

  • frikibabe

    Who do they think they are to release statements on purpose and then apologize? Idiots

  • Lo Mo

    still, they could’ve commented many other ways a wpman fanciinng two men: “what a situation”, or “just don’t mix up the dates” or “nah, she couldn’t take two..” or “super-menage-a-tois” or “just don’t tell huk” oe something like that – but no, they instantly demeaned her sexuality.

  • Lo Mo

    the roblem is the double standard.
    they could’ve commented many other ways on a woman fanciing two men: “what a situation”, or “just don’t mix up the dates” or “nah, she couldn’t take two..” or “super-menage-a-tois” or “just don’t tell hulk” or something like that – but no, they instantly demeaned her sexuality. why is that a humour?

    (if hawkeye was getting out of bed w/ 2 women lying in there, noone woud have bat an eye. yet if a woman does that, she’s a slut)

  • Casey C

    That would be Whedon. she wasn’t sexualised in TWS and actually took about five steps backwards (as did many characters) in Whedon’s world. AOU is hopefully the last Whedon film for Marvel. he can’t write the characters well, esp Steve,and reduces the women to how low he can zip their tops.

  • kellyf

    RIP jokes

  • Scarlett

    I’m not defending anything they said here btw, it’s was a dumb, stupid thing to say, but they were both jet lagged and at the end of a day long junket, where they’d probably been asked the same questions who knows how many times. And we know these guys when they get together, it’s like a frat or something, they get a bit giddy when they’re in a room together, I’ve never not seen them screwing around in interviews. In my eyes they were just joking around. I’m certainly not offended by it. I’m guilty of objectifying Chris Evans. Obviously they’re the first people ever to say something that sounded so much funnier in their head and then thought “oh shit” when they said it out loud. It was a dumbass thing to say, I’m sure they knew it was wrong the minute they said it, but look, they’ve apologized, I don’t think there’s any need to demonise them over it.

  • Mary

    You have a good point, but things aren’t black and white, we’re talking about history, sexuality, cultural, and media studies here! We could spend years discussing the influences that had brought us to this point…We’r straddling a time of change in the way women are communicated about and communicate, especially in popular culture. Men have been able to say these things about women for decades without a blink of an eye – to objectify and belittle openly (if being called a whore by your lover in the bedroom gets you off, is not one’s business) – but if it’s being said in a public place and about public people especially, and to a PG 13 audience, it’s up for discussion. And I’m glad we’re discussing. As a side note, I’m sure Chris Evans is a very complicated and unique individual, like we all are, and I’m sure sometimes he feels flattered to be a sex symbol, and sometimes he feels like crap that he’s talked about that way. It’s a double edged sword, being in his profession. The hand that feeds you, slaps you……on the butt. haha.

  • Mary

    Dude, it’s not our fault that we’ve been relegated to a position of needing empowering! The undisputed Patriarchy in which we live has proven oppressive and so like any underdog: when it bites the big guy, we tend to cheer…

    But I hardly think women can say “anything about men” as you put it and be cheered, I think your generalization is unfair, and not fully thought out. Women can be idiots too.

    I DO think it’s interesting how you – as a man, I assume – have just begun feeling the sting of feeling oppressed and you’re already unhappy about it. Women are fighting the status quo, and we’re fighting loudly – and guys don’t know how to feel about it.

    Again, like my other comments, I’m saying I think it’s great we’re all discussing it. I just don’t think it’s helpful to generalize how you did. If I called you a derogatory word, I would definitely expect to be called out on it. (Just how we’re calling Jeremy Renner out!)

  • video_slacker

    He’s just bitter because Black Widow is a better character in the Marvel movie universe than Hawkeye. ;P

  • Louis XV

    STOP THE DRAMA !!

    Calm down double standards, you call Miley Cyrus, Madonna and many others singer “whore” or “slut” and they were joking, so?? Get over it, Black Widow is not even a real person. Every REAL person deserves respect no matter what!!

  • YeahWrite

    you don’t get clean by getting down in the mud and rolling around with the pigs.
    The fact that men have been saying such things for centuries (to be honest really), does not give women the right to give it back now. As I said, if the inherent meaning of these words is demeaning, degrading, and humiliating; than it is always that way. The circumstances you allow or justify their use, does not change the inherent meaning.
    So yes – as you correctly say: a time of change! So let’s do it the right way and all be more careful of the language we use, and the circumstances we use it in. Otherwise, you can argue that a joke sometimes: is just a joke.

    for example: LOL – your last line.

  • Silly People

    lol You are probably exactly right.

  • Ka4

    This is out of all proportion. These guys were in LA, Korea and Europe within a couple of days. They must have been insane with tiredness and these interviews are just one after the other. Some people just enjoy being offended.
    However, I am kinda worried about Chris Evans. He is so lovely but he’s getting worse and worse. Look at his interviews from a few years back. He’s polite, charming and intelligent. He’s getting gradually more and more frat boy and loud mouthed. On both his appearances on Jimmy Fallon he’s seemed borderline obnoxious and a bit drunk. He was obviously a bit drunk on the Jimmy Kimmel show and the whispering about F-cking girls in the butt on that show was worse than this fiasco everyone’s talking about but the two together don’t give a good impression of his respect for women. On the red carpet in L.A. he was slurring his words and came across very badly. In the junket interviews with Chris Helmsworth for the first Avengers they were funny, sweet and charming. This time it didn’t work. They were just juvenile, giggly, loud and a bit irritating. I don’t think this is the real Chris Evans. I love him but someone needs to say to him very firmly “Chris, calm right down. Shut the fuck up. The less you say the better. Don’t make ANY jokes because your fratboy sense of humor may be great in a bar over a beer but not in an interview. Don’t drink when you have to go on TV or record an interview or even give an interview – did you learn nothing from the GQ experience? In fact start learning from your mistakes before your reputation goes down the pan!” I love you, Chris but it’s time to grow up.

  • Maria E. Segura

    Im not offended by what they both said. It is about a fictional character not the real person. Most time really people take things so seriously. Lighten up people life is beautiful to focus on those little details. Enjoy the movie if you are going to watch it and end of thing.

  • Maria E. Segura

    I dont know why they have to apologize they were just talking about a FICTIONAL character. Geez people dont be so dramatic

  • Barb

    I am a woman….it was hilarious…not offended
    PC gone amok again

  • beautylover

    ughh feminists are such fake bitches !

  • Aleisha Colleen

    This whole thing was ridiculous. If we are going to nitpick people’s comments down to the point that a completely harmless joke becomes a crime against humanity than this world really is f*cked. I have never seen such vile hate spewed at two people for making a comment that ok maybe could be seen as a little offensive. When I posted a comment on my blog about what I thought about the interview I got hate mail and people calling me names way worse than slut. I also got told that I am probably a man and white. Neither of which is true. A real feminist would be ashamed of all this. Some people need to grow the hell up and stop looking for excuses to create drama.

  • Jody

    He is a F*ckyboy and sexy one at that. The red sweater is red hot on him too. He is just in need of a good spanking. That’ll teach him for having a fresh, potty mouth.

  • Jody

    I concur!! Renner does seem a little raunchy.

  • Nyx_Cadavre

    Yes. And women would NEVER, EVER refer to a male character as a Dick, Dickhead, Jerkoff, Jerk, Prick, Asshole, Bastard, or anything else that’s sexually charged, would they?!

  • Nyx_Cadavre

    You know that KILL BILL was also produced when Miramax was owned by Disney, too, don’t you? That’s the movie that featured a woman in a coma being raped by a creepy orderly for five years.

    Clearly, you misunderstand the difference between being owned by Disney, and being Disney itself. Disney owns many studios, but the studios don’t necessarily make Disney movies.

  • Nyx_Cadavre

    Yeah, but I have seen plenty of women refer to male characters as “dicks”, “jerks”, or “jerkoffs”… How is that any different?