April 23, 2015 – During a run-of-the-mill interview with U.K. website Digital Spy, actors Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans had a laugh at the expense of their fictional sidekick, Black Widow, who’s played by Scarlett Johansson. The actors, who star in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron as Hawkeye and Captain America, downplayed the hopes of the reporter who was expecting a romance between one of their characters and the frisky heroine.
Renner sarcastically responded with, “She’s a slut.” Evans added, “I was going to do something along those lines … She’s a complete whore.” Renner then reversed course and seemed to downplay her sexual potential by laughing “she has a prosthetic leg anyway.” The internet did not take kindly to this superhero slut-shaming and was up-in-arms over the leg comment.
Both actors have released statements:
From Renner: ”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.”
From Evans: “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.”