Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner have made a public apology for the disparaging and sexist remarks they made about Scarlett Johansson's character, Black Widow, yesterday.
The pair, who are also close friends in real life, made the remarks during an interview featuring a lot of playful banter, but some of their joking remarks fell far from the mark.
When asked about what they thought of fans wanting Natasha to be with either Hawkeye or Cap, but ending up with Bruce Banner (Hulk), Renner answered by telling the interviewer:
"She's a slut."
After laughing riotously at the remark, Chris Evans then gave his two cents about Black Widow's character by saying:
"I was going to say something along that line. She's a complete whore."
While the pair were clearly joking, there's no doubt that the remarks about a beloved Marvel character were more than a little misguided.
If you want to see it in context, you can check out the interview in question below:
After a barrage of online comments slamming the pair for using such chauvinistic language, Evans and Renner were quick to step up to the plate and apologize for their insensitivity.
Evans issued a statement reading:
"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."
"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."
While the pair clearly just got carried away larking around and trying to inject some fun into the endless, tedious interview questions, there is no doubt that what they said was insulting to Black Widow, and women in general.
I am going to approach this controversy with a 'what would Black Widow do' attitude and I'm pretty sure if she heard those remarks she would have totally beaten Renner and Evans' asses down. So, in a way these guys have got off lightly!