Chris Evans Apologizes for Calling Black Widow a “Slut” and “Whore,” Renner Not so Much

In an interview to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron with Digital Spy, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans were asked about fans wanting Black Widow to be with Hawkeye or Captain America, but turns out she’s really with Bruce Banner/the Hulk. In what was intended to be a joke, but still not exactly appropriate, Renner responded deadpan before laughing:

She’s a slut.

Evans who burst out laughing responded:

Something along that line. She’s a complete whore.

There’s then some jokes about her having a prosthetic leg and leading everyone on.

As I’d expect, those answers haven’t gone over all that well with the public, no matter how much of a joke they were intended to be. In a statement through his agent, Evans said:

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’s statement that was released wasn’t quite accepting of the blame as Evans’.

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.

It’s not too hard to say that one tried to make a joke that fell flat and it was juvenile and inappropriate.

The character of Black Widow is particularly sensitive to fans right now. Though she’s quite popular, she’s not receiving the merchandising focus as other characters are, or her own movie. She’s being relegated to the sidekick, there for eye candy only apparently.

You can watch the video of their interview below.