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- A tweet about Keanu Reeves recently went viral after fans noticed a pattern in multiple photos of him.
- It appears that Reeves prefers not to hold women when he takes photos with them – whether female fans or fellow celebrities like Dolly Parton.
- “Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances,” the viral tweet says.
- Fans have celebrated the photos as evidence that Reeves is respectful of women.
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Keanu Reeves recently became a trending topic on Twitter after fans noticed a particularly endearing photo-taking habit.
“Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances,” a Twitter user with the handle @KemziLinzi wrote, alongside four photos showing Reeves’ hand hovering above the waists and arms of multiple women, including female fans and Dolly Parton.
Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances. ???????? pic.twitter.com/nnfIOZKbT1
— Kemoy Lindsay (@KemziLinzi) June 9, 2019
The tweet quickly went viral and now has more than 300,000 likes.
Fans have celebrated the photos as evidence that Reeves is respectful of women.
Read more: A story about Keanu Reeves buying an ice cream just so he could autograph the receipt for a young fan has gone viral. And now others are sharing their own touching experiences with the actor.
i stan a respectful king love you so much keanu https://t.co/wLvl28sgth
— sarita (@danktrex) June 10, 2019
It’s not about not taking chances, it’s about being considerate and respectful, qualities that Keanu carries in spades. https://t.co/AGuLmsnVWb
— peachshim ???????? (@peachshim) June 10, 2019
He’s respectful. This should be how it’s done unless ya know the woman doesn’t mind being touched. Keanu should inspire us all https://t.co/bwDihtUZYk
— ✭ I am Chris ✭ (@chalkXoutline) June 10, 2019
Even some of the tweet’s replies have gone semi-viral, racking up thousands of likes.
Keanu has the amazing power to make you feel hugged without ever having touched you.
— Polly Karr (@karr_pe) June 9, 2019
He’s being respectful and I’m here for it!! ❤️
— Vero (@dankidushi) June 9, 2019
Some, however, saw the habit as a strategy to avoid any accusations of inappropriate behavior – sometimes seen as a negative symptom of the #MeToo movement – though false allegations of sexual misconduct are very rare.
He's trying not to catch a sexual assault charge since even a hug can get you to that point these days.
— ♠️Nate???? (@Nate_A_C) June 9, 2019
He's smart. I take my pictures like that also now. Better to be safe than sorry.
— LVavgGuy (@LVavg) June 9, 2019
Ain’t nobody gonna catch him with assault accusations
— ????Sachi???? (@StarBitzs) June 10, 2019
Many Twitter users have rejected this narrative, pointing out that a man can be respectful of women’s bodies and personal space without chalking it up to paranoia.
For the record, ever since people I don't know started asking to take pictures with me, I've tried to be more mindful of this. It's NOT because I'm worried about catching a lawsuit or Ebola from a 60yo grandmother. It's just respect.
Be more like Keanu!
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 10, 2019
I’ve seen a couple people comment “its sad it has to be like this”, what’s actually sad is the obsession we have with touching women at any given moment. He’s just being respectful of others bodies *what a concept*
— rey (@dayofdasein) June 10, 2019
Others have noted that the practice, sometimes called “manner hands” or “hover hands,” is a sign of respect in Korea. Reeves, who has Chinese heritage, identifies as an Asian American and person of color.
It’s called “manner hands” And is used by many men around the world (mainly Asian countries).
— KARD Thots // #JIWOOSBOOBMOLE (@dayona_devasia) June 9, 2019
You can easily find it on google pic.twitter.com/Ti0sNbLGVJ
— typo expert (@navrsm__) June 10, 2019