Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner Apologize for Calling Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Avengers’ Character a ‘Slut’ and ‘Whore’

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Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner have apologized for calling their “Avengers: Age of Ultron” co-star Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow a “whore” during a recent press interview.

Evans and Jeremy Renner, while speaking to U.K. website Digital Spy, were asked about the character’s multiple romances in the Marvel universe, to which Renner sarcastically responded, “She’s a slut.”

Evans laughed: “I was going to do something along those lines…’She’s a complete whore.'”

Well the Internet didn’t find it funny, and on Thursday, Captain America and Hawkeye fell on their shield/crossbow.

“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. “We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.”

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

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens nationwide May 1.

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  1. Good God. No one has a sense of humor any more with all these axes to grind for f’ sakes. Grow up and learn to differentiate.

  2. orenji says:

    “Well the Internet didn’t find it funny” – Please don’t speak for all of us. They were freaking joking.

  3. DB says:

    I like that Jeremy Renner’s apology basically – and rightly – points out that anyone who was offended and felt the need to lash out should go f**k themselves and grow up.

  4. loki says:

    These reporters or whoever writes these posts don’t know how to write. Use single and double quotation marks correctly. Also, add proper comma.s I could say so much, but, why bother? These people won’t listen to me.

  5. Zed says:

    They weren’t being serious! They gave a non-answer. They could care less about the question. They just wanted to give the most ridiculous answer they could think to say, something that would shut the question down and make it go no further. Jeeze I get that no one likes the idea of a woman being called a slut because it’s shaming behavior that guys do all the time without negative social consequence…but maybe this was just ‘a guy thing.’ I know there is stuff that women say about men that is complete BS, and even though it’s not as widely trumpeted in the media as insensitive male views about women does not mean that men are the only ones who make mistakes in regard to their references towards women. There is still a male/female gender divide amongst a sizeable amount of the population–teams, if you will–especially when you’re in a single sex group of friends and some dumb stuff is said. I’m willing to give these guys a pass because I don’t think they’re robots who are programmed to say exactly what should be said every second of the day just to not offend anyone.

  6. Cole says:

    Tbh I don’t see why they should apologise in the first place. Do you realise how ridiculous getting angry over someone calling Black Widow, a fictional character for crying out loud, a slut, is? Chill out and stop getting offended by everything, jeez.

    • Marie says:

      Oh, but you don’t want to mess with those comic “fanboys and girls.” Such a silly thing to make a big stink about, I agree.

  7. colin says:

    Neither one of those dudes can open a movie by themselves. Scarlett definitely can. Jealous…

    • What is opening a movie by yourself? If you are saying those guys couldn’t be the star of a movie you are wrong because The Hurt Locker, Kill The Messenger, both Captain America and Snowpiercer were those guys movies. There is no jealousy. They didn’t call Scarlett a slut, they called the character who in the comics uses sex to gain money, intel, and whatever else she needs or wants in a sarcastic joke based on comic book fans “shipping” her from male superhero to male superhero. You obviously didn’t read or understand the words in front of you or watched the video and didn’t have a clue what they wer talking about.

    • chaiya says:

      They can be a slut I don’t care they do not call Scarlett a slut.Shes how she wants to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jeff says:

      This has NOTHING to do with Scarlett…They were only joking about a character she happens to play…

  8. capt ameriho says:

    surprised no one has said they feel raped by their comments

  9. whatlosers says:

    What non-apologies. As if it matters that she’s a fictional character? Blaming the JOKE as being juvenile and offensive? Easier than owning up to what’s in the mirror I guess.

  10. blip says:

    Here’s the problem: Sure, they’re commenting about a fictional character. We all know that. But that fictional character is the one female character in a team of five, and she’s the one who has to get slapped with a demeaning label. After a while, fictional or not, those labels begin to add up– starting when some little girl looks at the team and thinks, “Cool! There’s Black Widow! She’s just as tough as the boy characters!”– but, wait, the other boys think of her as a “slut” (insert uncomfortable “ha ha”)– all the way through our lives as women, when every “slut,” “bitch,” and “whore,” however “jokingly” said, chips off a bit of our self-esteem. (After all, that’s what such labeling is meant to do– right, boys?) After a while, it’s like lead poisoning: it enters your system, it does damage, and it never leaves. We need to shut it down. Kudos, at least, to Chris for not sounding like a condescending dolt. Jeremy, try harder– or give it up.

    • Jeff says:

      And male characters DON’T get called demeaning names!? How about the characteristics that are blatantly written into the character? Imagine you have a group of three made up of a white guy, a white girl and a black guy. Of the three, the white guy is clearly the most flawed, and the other characters even go so far as to call him a wimp and an idiot. What’s worse, a couple actors jokingly making fun of a fictional character, or said fictional character getting the official label in-universe? I highly doubt the characters in the movie are going to shame Widow like that, but meanwhile Tony Stark’s still going to be considered an immature douchebag (by people inside AND outside of the universe…)

  11. @royalgraffiti22,#scarlettisaslutbucket
    Clearly they both have paycheck envy because this “Sidepiece”
    Made $20 million for Avengers when they made around $2 and less respectively.
    Highest paid Sidepiece in Hollywood I’d Say

  12. Nick Turner says:

    Mixed feelings here. surely dissing women simply because they enjoy more than one man’s company is total BS. But these were comments said jokingly about a fictional character. Gimme a break.

    • She and Sam Jackson had the same pay of $4.6 million. Sandra Bullock is the highest paid actress right now and she makes makes $20 million per movie so Scarlett is not even close to getting that much yet.. Evens and Renner made $2.4 million. Evens has his own franchise with Captain America which has 2 more movies and he is getting paid good for. There is no jealousy. You “Clearly” have bad reading and or listening skills. It was a joke about a sexually promiscuous fictional comic book character. Renner and Johannson are very good friends and have a charity organization together. Also neither one of them called her a “Sidepiece”.They all got paid chump change up front for the first Avengers then Downey Jr. said he wouldn’t re-sign until they all got better and equal pay and they all( other than Downey Jr) have demanded $5 million up front with varying back end options. Plus Renner has the Bourne franchise as well. If anything Scarlett should be upset that she doesn’t have her own franchise but she will be in all the Captain America movies. Never understood why people bother to post assumptions and misinformation like they are facts by starting off with the word “Clearly”
      http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Avengers-Chart-Reveals-How-Much-Each-Actor-Made-Per-Minute-Onscreen-37450.html “Clearly” when you want to post facts you should be able to prove them.

  13. cadavra says:

    Has anyone bothered to ask Johansson what she thought of the jokes? Because if she was amused and not offended, then everyone else needs to take a big heaping spoonful of STFU.

  14. And the greasy, unwashed and overweight living in their mothers’ basements come to the defense of their action figures and posters–sorry, I meant “girlfriend.” Grow up, guys. Renner and Evans were joking about a–and here’s the key word–fictional woman. Take a shower, shave your face, run off some pounds and go out and meet some real people. You might like it.

    • Tim Crall says:

      Your point does not stand. Your point is total BS. The character is not, in any sense, the property of the actress who portrays it. The damage being done here isn’t being done to Scarlet Johansen. It’s being done to all the girls looking at the one female superhero featured in this, the biggest superhero series of its day, and then being told that that one role-model is a slut and a whore. Because…because why exactly? She doesn’t do anything slutish or whorish in the movies, even. So because she’s a woman, presumably.

      • Jeff says:

        I love how people call out double-standards when a female character is mocked outside her universe, but nobody bats an eye when someone says the same kind of crap about a male character.

    • Lou says:

      Ditto again.

  15. Sherman O says:

    What a bunch of garbage. When did America become the land of the pussies?

  16. afghan says:

    I thought it was only the gays that took offense to everything?

  17. Donna says:

    Chris E. looks hot in that red sweater.

  18. Adam says:

    Good grief people can’t have a sence oh humor anymore. They were joking! Get thicker skin People and lighten up!

  19. lisa says:

    I bet most of the complaints spend most of time on Tumblr

  20. Why is this a Thing? Who cares. A world full of war, murder, corruption, REAL oppression, starvation and mayhem…yet people are offended by an offhand comment about a fictional characters social life? Good God no wonder the world is burning down….

  21. Mjkbk says:

    With the way the words “slut” and “whore” have invaded the popular culture as synonyms for “woman” in recent years, I don’t quite get why two guys making an OBVIOUS joke–that indicated they DON’T actually believe the character is a slut or whore–wound up being pilloried.

    Any reader/viewer who so utterly failed to identify these references as wisecracks is WAY too young or immature to see the movie that Evans and Renner are promoting……

    ……and maybe too young and immature to be looking at the Digital Spy website, either.

    • kiarajp says:

      Perhaps because they would NEVER describe a male character/actor that way. Perhaps a stud, not a whore.

      • Jeff says:

        Is that really an established rule? Has anyone ever called a male character a man-whore and then got a series of complaints for it? Because otherwise, women have gotten away with saying much worse things about men than what has been said here, and NOT in a joking way…If they can get away with saying those things, then people have no right to silence some dudes making a playful jab at a fictional character…

  22. I find it horrifying and utterly unacceptable. Now enjoy some of my erotic 3D art of Black Widow and Hulk.

  23. Jamie F. says:

    Yeah I mean…everyone knows black widow is in love with the winter soldier.

  24. You're Wrong says:

    The Internet never finds anything funny…

  25. Atomic Fury says:

    It strikes as profoundly ironic (read: hypocritical) that in an industry known for it’s lack of decorum in it’s product should have to apologize for a joke directed at a FICTITIOUS character that was dead-on accurate.

    Ours has become a society of super-sensitive hypocrites.

  26. tlsnyder42 says:

    Obscene sex jokes and language are among the easiest jokes and dialogue to write. That’s why R-rated, sexually explicit movies and movies with lots of foul language show a lack of writing and acting talent (some actors reportedly like to add foul language to their performances that’s not in the script, so you can’t always blame the screenwriter).

  27. Corey says:

    This is hilarious. Sounds like they were having a good time. Stop freaking out over nothing!

  28. LOL says:

    This is as bad as what Mel Gibson’s done in the past.

  29. Alex says:

    She gets around just like any other super hero does, they aren’t virgins like their teenage fanboys, so what? a man can have multiple romances but a woman can’t? and I’m not talking about fictional characters only.

  30. Ronny says:

    All the men bitching about them apologizing are asshats. So many male fictional characters are in love triangles – Tony Stark is a complete playboy – yet they are never judged or slut-shamed. God forbid a woman actually desire 2 men at once!! Burn her at the stake!

    • Jeff says:

      The problem is not about Widow’s character or her actions, the problem is that if it were two women joking about a male character being…well, I guess you would call him a “man-whore”, and even go so far as to degrade him in the worst way possible, people would just laugh it off…Women get away with saying horrible things about men all the time, but if a man so much as cracks the slightest tease about a female character, people cry out, “Sexism!” and the man has to apologize…THAT is the problem, and it is not a healthy mindset for people to have!

      • Catherine says:

        I agree. Renner was in trouble after The Golden Globes too, his joke went viral and he was attacked by the media and social media, although he was was widely defended in comment sections like this. Several women made far worse comments directed at men in the audience, but that was either ignored or held up as women being strong. I am a woman and I think the whole situation is becoming very unbalanced. Renner is rough around the edges and unfiltered, he refused to apologize for the Golden Globes and his apology here makes it clear what he thinks of the ridiculous over reaction. I can’t see Renner changing,although he might do a Joaquim Phoenix and just stop cooperating with the media. That would be a shame because I am sick and tired of media hypocricy and when they go after someone like Renner it does at least give ordinary people a chance to have their say,

  31. comic lover says:

    Does anybody that gets angry at these comments actually read the comic books. Black Widow does get around including with Tony Stark. They’re fictitious characters meant to amuse you. Stop making them apologize for joking around. They were talking about the CHARACTER not the person playing the character. Grow up people!!!

  32. RandomGuy2 says:

    @Eric They probably didn’t even finish watching the video. They heard those two words and thought “Jackpot”! Good for them. Milk those SJWs for ad-revenue, atleast they’re useful for something.

  33. Joel says:

    Can’t people ever lighten up? I’m less afraid of terrorists than I am of the PC bozos out there…they are more a threat to our way of life than almost anything else.

    • Jess says:

      While the outcry from these comments were a little over the top, your comment is ridiculous. It says a lot about your male privilege that your biggest worry is PC. Meanwhile, women have to worry every day about being abused, raped and killed by men in a culture that views them as sluts and whores.

      While Evans and Rennee are joking, just seeing on twitter there’s many guys that took those quotes seriously and have had fun saying the most sexist, misogynist things about women and their sexual freedom.

      But go ahead and enjoy your male privilege. It must be nice to only have to worry about things like being PC and all-female Ghostbusters stuff.

      • That was a beautiful reply.

        Jess is definitely male (if not, OMG!) and likely white. “PC” is code for “straight white male not being able to talk about any non straight white male in any defaming way they please, like the ‘good old days.'” Grampa did/does it all the time, but I can’t? I can’t call a woman a slut, a black a nigger, a gay a fag, a chinese a chink, etc anymore?? I can’t even hide my stalled mindset under the guise of “we were just having a little fun?” Grampa told me about how he use to LOVE calling women sluts. Even dad got in on it. It was so self-affirming. BUT I CAN’t!? What is the world coming to?

        They’re losing their privilege little by little every day and to paraphrase Jess, ISIS couldn’t make them piss their pants quicker.

      • feingarten says:

        Jess

        please do not overlook the fact that women have been known to rape/sexually assaualt men. Look ito The Joyful heart Foundation/No More/Its on Us and others for statistics in this regard.

        and what Jess of men who believe women should provide them with fulfilling their needs regardless of how they might feel at any given time?

        I heard the interview and it was a female reporter who asked the question and she didn’t find it uncomfortable in the least so why is everyone else?

        maybe you never said anything at work or to your male buds that you later regreted.

        stop holding actors to a higher standard- they are PEOPLE and Widow is a fictional character.

  34. eric87 says:

    What a couple of d-bags!

  35. Yeah, no. Those were one-off jokes from the guys in response to a direct question from their (female!) interviewer, and she wasn’t even fazed.

    Isn’t the bigger news from this interview the fact that Chris Evans just dispelled the rumor that he was leaving the Captain America character? “It’s all about whether Marvel keeps knocking.” Like they won’t.

  36. Jhan says:

    Good job, fandom. Evans, you’re officially unproblematic 👍

  37. Dominic says:

    Is nobody allowed to make a joke anymore without afterwards having to desperately apologise and grovel for forgiveness at the altar of the deeply boring and pathetic?

  38. Murica! says:

    This is really pathetic! They were just making a joke.

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