Keanu Reeves fans have spotted something in photos of the “John Wick” star who is already known for his humility and generosity: what appears to be very old-fashioned gentlemanly respect towards woman.
In photos taken with female fans, Reeves—who became a heartthrob decades ago with films such as “Point Break,” “The Matrix,” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”—can be seen avoiding placing his hands on their waists.
Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/nnfIOZKbT1
— Kemoy Lindsay (@KemziLinzi) June 9, 2019
Instead of allowing his fingers and hands to wrap around their waist, he opts for an open-handed posture, keeping the friendly and warm overall pose, but avoiding contact.
A collection of images posted by Kemoy Lindsay on Twitter picked up over 380,000 views in three days.
“Keanu Reeves marches to his own music,” wrote one fan. “Unique.”
Another wrote,”1 of 1,234,765 reasons why I love Keanu Reeves.”
For some commentators, however, Reeves isn’t being gentlemanly, but playing it safe amidst the confusion over the social rules on consent following the “Me Too” movement.
In short, he’s trying to avoid a lawsuit.
Look at the number of comments here of soyboys reckoning Keanu is “being a gentleman” here.
No, he’s trying to not get sued.
It’s possible to put your hands on a woman in a platonic manner without being a creep.
If you don’t know that/how… you’re a creep. https://t.co/lSfpwW0aPw
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) June 9, 2019
But other fans think Reeves is just being himself.
That’s how I’m reading it to—respecting their personal space. I don’t think he’s reacting to the Me Too movement. That’s just how he is. Plus he’s a Virgo so he could slightly germaphobic lol.
— Jane Wick Chapter 3 Paranormal (@shoetingstar) June 9, 2019
The open-handed gesture isn’t a new thing. It has a name: “hover hands.”
This term has a derogatory connotation, suggesting the person is a nerdy individual with limited experience of the opposite sex who is not confident to touch women in social situations.
So is he an awkward geek, or a man with good manners? 🤔 I would say an awkward geek with good manners..
— JLL (@rognposen) June 10, 2019
However, some people point out that in South Korea, the same gesture is called “manner hands,” and has a more traditional association of respectful and appropriate conduct between members of the opposite sex.
You can easily find it on google pic.twitter.com/Ti0sNbLGVJ
— typo expert (@navrsm__) June 10, 2019
In traditional Korean culture, physical contact between sexes is traditionally limited to close relatives.
It’s very common in India. There isn’t even an expectation to touch women you are ohotograohingg with at all. You would put your hands in front of your body, one hand over the other. (link: https://t.co/ACKiF3tTVY) https://t.co/Azd0hXkL9N
— Citizen (@citizenforwell) June 11, 2019
As with Reeves, a close look at photos of Korean celebrities with fans and public figures often reveals that despite the warm looking embrace, a “manner hand” gesture ensures propriety is unquestionable.