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It’s not the Internet unless there is some online controversy to get all gabby about. Instead of the normal shenanigans from Miley Cyrus or ass-hatery from Kanye West, which we’ve all come to expect, this time it’s a couple of superheroes who have let slip a case of buffoonery.

During a recent Digital Spy interview Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans, the two Age of Ultron stars were asked how they felt about Black Widow pairing up with Bruce instead of Hawkeye or Cap (as many fans had hoped), and replied by calling her a “slut” and a “whore”.

Couple of guys said something stupid while trying to be funny, and how quickly the fan-boys turn on them – judging them as bad people forever.

Watch the video below and judge for yourself.

Cripes! You hear a male refer to a female character (or a women in general) as a “slut” in a descriptive context and, well, there’s really no defending it.

These comments have left more than a few fans disappointed; with lowered heads and shaken fists abound. Some even boycotting the movie and marking these two actors as sophomoric sexists for life. The latter, I think, reactionary extremism.

What you have here are two fallible human beings who were really just trying to agree with the interviewer’s assessment that “whatever movie it is, she [Black Widow] is on the side, just flirting with everybody.” Unflattering choice of descriptive wording from Renner and Evans, for sure. But was it a truly sexist view – did they really mean it?

Junket interviews are the freaking worst. It’s just hours and hours of reporters from different places asking the same questions and how exhausted the actors are, it’s easy to get punchy and say something stupid you don’t mean or seems really funny in your head but is actually awful. Regardless of intention, it doesn’t negate the harmful effect that gendered slurs carry.

Perhaps an apology would soften matters up?

Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner have issued statements to Entertainment Weekly addressing their critics.

In his statement, Evans explained:

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.

Renner responded to accusations that the joking comments punched down at differently-abled people and female fans by saying:

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.

Well, at least there was a swift and satisfying response? On Evans’ part, at least. A demonstration of the difference between “I apologize for what I did” and “I apologize if you were offended.”

You know, some people would forgive these two. How about you?

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