Keanu Reeves Hover Hand

Oct 25, 2017
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I doubt it's about being afraid of being "me too'd". Just respecting personal space, plus, imagine how many strangers must come up to him to chat and take a picture. I'm not tryin' to touch a legion of potentially stank randos of unknown origin.
 

The Albatross

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Oct 25, 2017
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Eh, I don't understand why this is bad. Like, Keanu probably doesn't want to touch people he doesn't know intimately. That's pretty normal to me, and if you're a big movie star it seems understandable.

Funny how things change. If you remember, 10 years ago 'hoverhand' was a massive joke people pointed toward as a way to shame some men for being awkward around women. It was played off like they wanted to appear to have intimacy without wanting the woman to know or consent. Keanu is being praised for it, today.
Yeah, 10 years ago Joe Biden was Diamond Joe, while Mitt Romney was bizarre ass robot nerd binders full of women Mitt.

Turns out, Joe might have been trying to cop a feel, while Mitt was trying to put women in his administration.. . though he's still a bizarre ass robot nerd.
 

HStallion

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Oct 25, 2017
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He doesn't want to drain these poor innocents of their life force so of course he won't chance touching them and leaving nothing but a desiccated mummy in his wake.
 

Delphine

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Mar 30, 2018
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is he really? i play along and he certainly seems like a cool guy but i honestly do not see it

He absolutely was dubbed as such in the 90s, and was elected 1994's sexiest man alive. He was hugely popular in the LGBT community as well.
I feel like you guys either forgot, weren't paying attention, or weren't born, but Keanu's sex appeal was huge, and it still is nowadays even though more lowkey.
 

TAJ

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Oct 28, 2017
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There’s a difference between hover handing because you’re being respectful and hover handing because you’re awkward.
I don't think there is.
My theory is that hoverhanders want to take a picture like normal people but also assume that noone wants to be touched by them. They're all trying to be respectful, but their idea of respectful is warped by their awkwardness. Or they realize at the last second what they're about to do and pull back a little awkwardly.
 

The Albatross

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Oct 25, 2017
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He absolutely was dubbed as such in the 90s, and was elected 1994's sexiest man alive. He was hugely popular in the LGBT community as well.
I feel like you guys either forgot, weren't paying attention, or weren't born, but Keanu's sex appeal was huge, and it still is nowadays even though more lowkey.
There was a period in Keanu's stardom where he was considered pretty lame, probably right after 'Sexiest Man Alive,' which was a title that was usually given to someone when they were on the decline of their sex symbol status... Kinda like getting on the cover of Madden for a long time. Like, you've just reached your apex of sexiness, started to decline, and now People magazine is just getting in on it... Richard Gere, Nick Nolte, etc. When the Matrix became a huge hit there was some surprise about it, and then IIRC, he didn't really do anything really relevant for a long time until JOhn wick. Even when JOhn Wick came out, it was like "Oh... Keanu Reeves...?"

I'm quintessential millennial (1984) and I always felt like ... there was something a little ironic to Keanu Reeves fandom even back then. Speed was peak summer blockbuster for me at 10, 11 years old, but even then Speed and especially Speed 2 felt like you liked it because of how ridiculous it was. Point Break was too early for me, but when I got into Point Break in college, it was like... ironic... Surfers who solve crime, it was so 90s
 
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jaekeem

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Oct 27, 2017
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Given how many sleazy celebs are out there, I see 0 problem with Keanu doing that

And for all we know he just might not like holding strangers too closely
 

RedMercury

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Dec 24, 2017
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Dolly Parton is a legit national treasure, I would kill to give her a big ol' hug, but it's a good thing he does what he does, maybe he just doesn't want to ask people if he can touch them so he plays it safe, nothing wrong with that.
Hand on shoulder works. Only a problem if it's skin contact (e.g. dress, tank top, etc.) and guy starts being overly touchy there
Eh with strangers it's polite to just ask first. Like it's probably okay with a lot if not most people but it doesn't hurt to ask because you never know.
 

Burly

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BLEEN

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Oct 27, 2017
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The difference of treatment of hover hand in the case of Keanu compared to the cases of nerds 10 years ago is because not the same dynamics are at play in both cases. Nerdy hover hands from 10 years ago were majorly made by men who wanted to pretend they were close to a girl, generally cute one fitting social standards, without being rejected by her nor asking for her consent, in order to brag about it later on.
Keanu on the other hand, is a sex symbol and has been since like the start of his career, and he knows this very well and has developed techniques around that in order to be able to live his life relatively normally. His hover hand is his way of protecting himself, his privacy, of setting boundaries with his fans. He has been a very private man, and still is, and that's his way of setting his personal space. He does that with every women regardless of their beauty fitting the social standard or not. He's very skilled at firmly blocking flirting attempts being made towards him, in a respectful manner, probably because he's had a lifetime of those coming his way and had to learn how to deal with them.

This interview really paints a good picture about it:

Yep. Read, peeps.
 

RedMercury

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Dec 24, 2017
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Hahaha I can’t tell if most of you are kidding, but hover handing is still ridiculous. If you’re posing in a picture with someone, touching their shoulder is a normal, acceptable pose.
What if someone doesn't like to be touched though? Does taking a picture with someone automatically mean you're okay with them touching you? I don't think it has to.