It’s been a minute since former Superman Henry Cavill introduced the world to his new girlfriend, Natalie Viscuso. And of course, people have been weighing in on their relationship ever since. The social commentary got so intense that Cavill politely asked his fans to give them some space.
That was back in May. A month later, the deep-diving into Viscuso’s life online has unearthed a questionable photo of the former reality star. In the image which can be seen via the Daily Mail, Henry Cavill’s girlfriend is dressed in East African tribal attire, while her body is covered in a deep brown-colored substance. According to the outlet, the coloring is called Otjize, which Namibians use to protect their bodies from the harsh desert environment.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, Viscuso sincerely apologized for the photo and the hurt it may have caused. She also explained the context behind the image, saying that it was taken while filming a 2008 television show in Namibia.
“Firstly, I’d like to say that I’m sorry if this image surfacing has caused any offense. It is a photo from 2008 for a TV show in Namibia. The tribe I was living with painted my skin as part of an initiation ceremony and an acceptance into their culture.”
Viscuso continued, “Never in a million years did I think that this would be offensive I felt honored that they would initiate me. However, with the lessons that we are all learning in today’s climate, it is important that I recognize that this is potentially hurtful. My deepest and most sincere apologies.”
By now everyone on this planet should know that wearing the skin color of people from a different race as a “costume” is not cool. But this doesn’t seem to be the case in Natalie Viscuso’s photo. Sadly, the internet doesn’t always work logically with the photo sparking a debate about what exactly makes it offensive.
Some people feel that Viscuso taking part in the initiation ceremony was offensive, while others say refusing would have been equally offensive. And a third group seems to think Henry Cavill should be fired from The Witcher for choosing to date Viscuso.
According to industry insiders, the controversial campaign to fire Henry Cavill from his Netflix series simply a case of “cancel culture gone mad”. The Justice League actor shouldn’t have to be punished for something his girlfriend did (with the apparent blessing of the tribe) almost a decade before they met.
Unfortunately for people who work in the public domain, the internet never forgets. And as more people get “called out” for their actions on social media (past and present) it’s a good idea to be mindful of what is shared online.
For everyone who doesn’t care about Henry Cavill’s personal life and is more focused on his work, The Witcher Season 2 will be on its way very soon.
The story is said to begin with Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia taking Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen, where he will strive to protect Ciri from the mysterious power she possesses inside while the Continent’s kings, elves, humans, and demons strive for supremacy outside the walls of the castle, located within the Kingdom of Kaedwen.
While no specific release date has been given yet, Netflix has confirmed that the Henry Cavill starrer will be returning in the second half of 2021 with a third season already in the works.
Netflix is also developing The Witcher: Blood Origin, a six-part prequel series set 1200 years before Geralt walked the lands of the Northern Kingdoms, and The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an anime feature film centered around Vesemir, Geralt’s close friend and mentor.