On a sidenote – I sat on this for 3 days. I’m ummed and aahed and wanted to think about it to see if I was being unfair. I don’t think I was?
Marvel’s Avengers press tour is turning into a sh*t show of epic proportions.
First Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans called the Black Widow a whore.
At best? Unprofessional. At worst? Misogynistic.
Then they issued apologies.
This one is passable.
We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.
Renner’s however is not.
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.
You don’t call a woman, fictional or otherwise, a whore. End of.
Has this been blown out of proportion? In my opinion, no. Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to be the biggest movie of the year. Worldwide. (And it is turning into a monster of a movie just as we all thought). Which means Avengers stars are representing the movie on the global stage. This is their audience. This too. Would you tell these little boys it’s ok to call anyone a whore? Yeah, didn’t think so.
Which brings me to the second part of the sorry-not-sorry apology – tedious press tour? Are you f*cking kidding me? No, seriously, are you? You work a couple of months each year and make millions. Which is more than most people make in a lifetime. The press duties are a part of the contract. You get to sit in a nice hotel room a few days in the row, get fed and hydrated regularly and your only duty is to be polite to the reporters.
Tedious? Tell it to a nurse. A teacher. A fireman. Or maybe the film crew that has to put up with your sorry ass and gets paid peanuts in comparison?
This would have been bad enough.
And then Robert Downey Jr. had to go and add a cherry on the top of this steaming pile of bollocks.
The jist of is that Alejandro González Iñárritu made quite an eloquent point about superhero movies:
The problem is that sometimes they purport to be profound, based on some Greek mythological kind of thing. And they are honestly very right wing. I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not being who you want them to be. I hate that, and don’t respond to those characters. They have been poison, this cultural genocide, because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and sh*t that doesn’t mean nothing about the experience of being human.
Like, the dude actually thought about it.
Robert Downey Jr’s response:
Look, I respect the heck out of him. I think for a man whose native tongue is Spanish, to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is.
Hm excuse me?
Because of my nationality I have been on the receiving end of that. Oh you speak good English! Blech. Aren’t I smart? Hm it’s not all that difficult to learn? Now German was freaking difficult. And don’t get me started on Latin. Lest you think I’m an Einstein, I’m not. Languages are obligatory. Being in a possession of a vajayjay also has its own “perks”. Men tend to think the nationality of my region x a few drinks = prostitute. Dude, I can buy my own drinks. And I wouldn’t touch you with a ten foot pole.
It’s demeaning, tasteless and offensive. All of it.
And before someone tells me Robert Downey Jr is just a movie star… yes, he is. And whether he likes it or not, he has a GLOBAL audience. So he should either a) know better or b) be trained better.
And you know what? It’s not our fault we are reacting to this. That we get offended. Offended might be too strong of a word. That we side eye this sh*t?
Today the information travels super fast. And we, the audience, have the means to be more hm vocal about the side eye? Besides they all like the new media and the reporters when it suits them. Not so much when anyone disagrees with them.
So yes, I’ll point back to Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans. And call them misogynistic twats. Robert Downey Jr’s ignorance is showing too.
Check your privilege gentlemen.
Damn. And I really only wanted to enjoy the movie.