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Avengers stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner criticised for calling Black Widow a 'whore'

The Age of Ultron actors have since apologised for the comments, made during an interview with Digital Spy

Rebecca Hawkes

Published 24/04/2015 | 10:03

Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner talk to DigitalSpy about new film Avengers: Age of Ultron
Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner talk to DigitalSpy about new film Avengers: Age of Ultron

Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner, who play superheroes Captain America and Hawkeye in Marvel's latest Avengers movie, Age of Ultron, have attracted criticism online after referring to the film's most prominent female character, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, as a "slut" and a "whore".

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The comments were made during an interview with Digital Spy, after the pair were asked how they felt about the on-screen romance between Romanoff (portrayed in the film by by Scarlett Johanssen) and Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner/Hulk. (Fans had previously linked Romanoff to Hawkeye and Captain America.)

Renner responded to the question with the words: "She's a slut".

He and Evans then laughed, before Evans added: "I was going to say something along that line. She's a complete whore."

A number of online commenters expressed offence at the exchange, describing it as "misogynistic" and "tasteless".

Both actors have since released statements apologising for the joke.

"Yesterday we were asked about the rumours 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," said Evans.

Renner said: "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 some observers were quick to jump to the pair's defence, others appeared to find Renner's apology offensive in itself, deeming it "insincere".

Telegraph.co.uk

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