Some members of the Justice League had been doing some injustice to the fairer sex in the past. After the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke out in Hollywood, people have been pulling up popular male stars for their behaviour towards women. They have been unearthing old videos of actors like Ben Affleck and Jason Momoa where they either behaved inappropriately with actresses or made some very crude remarks about women.
Ben Affleck was the first to apologise after videos of him groping actress Hilarie Burton when she was a host of MTV’s TRL in 2003 surfaced online. He had tweeted, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms Burton and I sincerely apologise,” Affleck tweeted. In the meantime another video of Jason Momoa also surfaced when he was promoting the first season of Game of Thrones a few years ago. He played Dothraki leader Khal Drogo in the HBO series, who gets killed by the end of the season. During a media interaction at 2011 Comic-Con, he was heard saying, “But as far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women.” In the video, we could see his fellow GoT cast members, Lene Headey, Kit Harrington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau cringe in embarrassment, while Peter Dinklage looked sternly at him.
Now as he faced ire from many of his fans over his old comment, Jason Momoa had taken to Instagram to apologise for what he had said in that video. He had written, “I awoke in Australia to the justified reactions by many people to a distasteful joke I made years ago in Hall H for which I am sorry. I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day,” Momoa posted on Instagram. I know my sincerest apology won’t take away those hurtful words. Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen first hand its painful torment among members of my own family and friends. I made a truly tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologize with a heavy heart for the words I said.” Well, at least he apologised; we have a star closer home who is yet to apologise for a similar statement he made last year.
Ben Affleck and Jason Momoa will both appear in the upcoming superhero saga Justice League, where they play Batman and Aquaman respectively.