According to Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans, Black Widow is a slut, a whore and a trick. The sexist duo was interviewed by Emma Dibdin from Digital Spy and from the gate, the sexist tirade just oozed from their pores.
The interview started with saying how Natasha/Black Widow was being ‘shipped with Hawkeye (Renner) or Captain America (Evans) and now she’s been written with The Hulk (Ruffalo). When asked what were their thoughts, Renner blurted out, “She’s a slut.” followed by Evans agreeing with boisterous laughter how it’s “something along those lines, she’s a complete whore.” It didn’t stop with “slut” and “whore”, Renner chimed in with “trick, man.”
Dibdin (interviewer) seemed unbothered by this revelation of Black Widow and hopped right in with, “Whatever the movie is, she’ll be the sidekick; she’ll be flirting.” Evans had more to say, “that’s right she’ll be flirting with everybody.” Then for some reason, Renner just felt like dropping, “she has a prosthetic leg anyways.” and Evans brings it home with, “leading everybody on.”
Around 11pm this exchange was brought to my attention via Buzzfeed writer, Ira Madison, who sent me the video link.
Joss Whedon ain’t got a damn tweet to say about Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner laughing about Black Widow being a whore and a slut tho
— Ira Madison III (@irathethird) April 23, 2015
After watching the video, I immediately got sick to my stomach. All it took was 32 seconds for my admiration of either gentlemen to change. Women in comics already have a bad rep and to see the stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron refer to Black Widow as a slut and a whore, just set us back decades. They degraded Black Widow with ease. I expressed my distaste for the interview on twitter and was immediately met with “it’s a joke.” As RUNLOVEKILL writer, Jon Tsuei pointed out,
@MizCaramelVixen when the first “joke” you got is calling a woman a slut, then it’s a YOU problem, not a HER problem.
— Jon Tsuei (@jontsuei) April 23, 2015
Women are met with the words whore and slut when they don’t give a “man” (stranger) what he wants. A woman can walk down the street, be approached by a guy trying to talk to her and as soon as she doesn’t respond she’s now a “slut, whore, bitch, ugly, etc.” It’s TYPICAL. It’s what most “men” do. Hell, you don’t even need to be outside in the world to be called those words. I’ve been called a slut a few times since tweeting my views on this Black Widow issue on twitter. The trolls were waiting to pounce on those who spoke out against the Black Widow slut shaming.
Why are we not slut shaming Tony Stark? Oh that’s right, he’s a guy and it’s totally acceptable. Last time I checked I didn’t see Natasha spreading her legs and flirting with everyone on the team or what did Evans say, “leading everybody on.” Slut shaming is wrong, PERIOD. Whatever someone does with their body is THEIR business, not yours.
I reached out to Dibdin for an explanation as to why she felt the need to add her two cents in and referring to Black Widow as a sidekick.
No matter which way you slice it Black Widow is not a sidekick, just like she’s not a whore.
Black Widow is bad-ass. PERIOD.
She’s even WORTHY to handle Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir.
— BN (@TheWorstXMan) April 23, 2015
I’m pretty sure the standard apology is on its way from Renner and Evans, but fictional character or NOT; those remarks were UNACCEPTABLE! Again, the fact that they both used those terms nonchalantly, speaks so much on who they are as a person.
Women in comics are much more than victims, stuffed in refrigerators, sex objects, sidekicks, etc. and I’m pretty sure if those two had said that to Black Widow, (in a movie) she’d mop the floor with them.
Evans and Renner has let down a lot of fans with these sexist remarks. These comments are WHY the GamerGate trolls exist and why they’ve been sliding over to comics. Pretty sure those that have been calling me sluts, morons, idiot, etc. do the same in real life as they do online. They live for this type of crap, now Renner and Evans are just adding more fuel to the fire.
Women deserve respect, period. Fictional character or not.
Looks like the apology is in:
“Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America,” Evans said in a statement provided to EW. “We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.”
“I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone,” Renner also said in a statement provided to EW. “It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour.”
One was an apology, the other an excuse. Gotta love it. The shade/sarcasm Renner threw in his apology with “fictional character” speaks SO MUCH to HIS character.
Since the release of this piece, I have received death threats mixed in with the usual bitch insults. I wouldn’t be surprised if rape threats came next.