Why do so many people like Keanu Reeves? Aside from his dashing but stoic countenance, we love the “The Matrix,” “Speed,” and “John Wick” actor for his generosity and compassionate nature. The humble superstar has also been secretly financing children’s hospitals.
Now, there’s another reason to admire the 54-year-old actor, whose off-screen life can aptly be described as tragic—as he has gone through some serious hardships in his life. The well-loved actor is recently being hailed as a “respectful king” for his hands-off approach with women in photos. He has been spotted not touching women while taking photos with them.
Fan Kemoy Lindsay first pointed out this lovely trait of the “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” star in a tweet on June 9. She wrote: “Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances,” alongside a collage of images she collected to drive her point.
In the photos, rather than placing his hands on the waist of his fans and country star Dolly Parton, Keanu keeps his hands open, hovering in the air, or puts them in his pockets, apparently trying to avoid any form of body contact with them. Now that’s a gentleman.
Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/nnfIOZKbT1
— Kemoy Lindsay (@KemziLinzi) June 9, 2019
Keanu is revered so much for his respectful poses that the tweet has gone massively viral, garnering more than 393,000 likes and over 82,000 shares.
Fans have a lot to comment about Keanu’s exceptional gentlemanly gesture.
“Honestly the only hero we have left,” one adoring fan wrote.
Honestly the only hero we have left
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) June 9, 2019
“It’s not about not taking chances,” another commented. “It’s about being considerate and respectful, qualities that Keanu carries in spades.”
A third one concurred: “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.”
I don’t think embracing someone asking to take a picture with you is disrespectful, in theory. But choosing to still respect their personal space is smart because it is thoughtful.
— Jacquis Neal (@jacquisneal) June 9, 2019
“I don’t think embracing someone asking to take a picture with you is disrespectful, in theory. But choosing to still respect their personal space is smart because it is thoughtful,” a fourth one remarked.
“1 of 1,234,765 reasons why I love Keanu Reeves,” an enthused fan wrote.
Another praised: “i stan a respectful king love you so much keanu.”
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
However, aside from all the positive remarks, some commentators suggested that Keanu is simply playing it safe to avoid accusations of inappropriate behavior amidst the “Me Too” movement.
“He’s trying not to catch a sexual assault charge since even a hug can get you to that point these days,” one wrote.
While one Asian fan chimed in to say: “It’s called ‘manner hands’ And is used by many men around the world (mainly Asian countries).”
That’s right! The heartthrob’s old-fashioned respect towards women might be due to his Asian heritage.
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
Keanu does have Asian roots. He told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2013: “My grandmother is Chinese and Hawaiian, so I was around Chinese art, furniture and cuisine when I was growing up.”
The courteous Keanu once said in an interview with ESSENCE: “I hope that whatever opportunities I’ve had, or the work that I’m doing, in some way can entertain and can also—I don’t want to say teach—but have something of value come out of it.”
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
Well, in traditional Chinese culture, as in traditional Korean culture, physical contact between opposite sex is limited to close relatives. For ancient Chinese, chastity in relations between men and women was seen as a virtue.
Keep it that way, Keanu Reeves! We love you for being respectful!