Social media users have noted that Keanu Reeves is careful not to touch female fans when posing for photos with them.
Reeves, 54, has been enjoying something of a career renaissance following appearances in action flick “John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum, “Netflix comedy “Always Be My Maybe,” and video game “CyberPunk 2077.” In just one example of the actor’s Chuck Norris-like cultural cachet, women have been publicly throwing themselves at him based on an apparently false report that he confessed to being lonely.
At the very least, ladies want to document their encounters with Reeves, and a number of the resulting photos have been posted online over the past week. In some cases, editors have taken the time to point out Reeves’ “hover hand,” a version of which he appears to deploy even when posing with female costars.
Despite decades as a Hollywood leading man, Reeves has managed to maintain bipartisan appeal, and his caution around women has been celebrated by right and left alike.
Many commenters saw Reeves as simply trying to protect himself at a time when the #MeToo movement has made many men fearful of sexual misconduct allegations. In a viral tweet, Kemoy Lindsay said: “Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances.”
Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/nnfIOZKbT1
— Kemoy Lindsay (@KemziLinzi) June 9, 2019
However, others insisted that Reeves was simply being respectful of women. One woman praised him as a “respectful king” before professing her love for him.
i stan a respectful king love you so much keanu https://t.co/wLvl28sgth
— sarita (@danktrex) June 10, 2019
Keanu Reeves avoids #MeToo
Whatever the reasons for Reeves’ hand placement choices, he has thus far managed to avoid the vicissitudes of the #MeToo movement.
According to a survey released last month by feminist group LeanIn.org, many other men are being extra careful at work. Fully 60 percent of male managers were found to be hesitant to mentor or socialize with junior-level women – a one-third increase from last year. Managers reported being 12 times less comfortable holding one-on-one meetings with junior-level women than with junior-level men.
The upshot, it would seem, is that women are getting less career support and opportunity. The photographic evidence suggests they’re also missing out on the sweet touch of Reeves.