It seems Chris Evans suffered an embarrassing social media gaffe on Saturday, Sept. 12 when he accidentally posted and quickly deleted an NSFW photo. As the actor’s name trended on Twitter, fans and celebrities — including Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo — made light of the X-rated situation.
What was Chris Evans’ leaked photo?
According to Us Weekly, Chris was updating his Instagram Stories with footage of himself and his friends playing Heads Up when he showed his camera roll, presumably by accident. Included on that camera roll was a black-and-white photo of a penis, as well as an image of Chris’s face superimposed with the words “Guard That P—y.”
Chris has 6 million Instagram followers, so as you might expect, some Instagram users posted screenshots of the NSFW photo to Twitter, sending the 39-year-old’s name to the top of the social media platform’s trending topics. Other Instagram users, meanwhile, posted more innocent images — including pics of Chris and his dog, Dodger, or a video of Chris helping Betty White to an award show stage—in apparent attempts to drown out the explicit screenshots.
What were the reactions to the NSFW Chris Evans pic?
Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner, aka the Incredible Hulk, in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, did his best to comfort Chris, who plays Steve Rogers, aka Captain America.
“@ChrisEvans Bro, while Trump is in office there is NOTHING you could possibly do to embarrass yourself,” Mark tweeted on Saturday. “See... silver lining.”
.@ChrisEvans Bro, while Trump is in office there is NOTHING you could possibly do to embarrass yourself. See... silver lining.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 13, 2020
Scott Evans, Chris’ younger brother and an actor in his own right, also seemed to also reference the leaked pic. “Was off social media for the day yesterday,” Scott tweeted on Sunday, Sept. 13. “What’d I miss?”
Walking Dead alum Daniel Newman weighed in, too, tweeting, “My response to the Chris Evans photo,” and uploaded a movie poster for Chris’ film Gifted.
Other Twitter users brought jokes, too. One suggested that the actor “saw marvel stans asking more content” and that “it’s our fault for not being more specific.”
Another said the Knives Out star “[decided] to save 2020 by leaking his own nudes.”
Chris Evans’ publicist opening her phone pic.twitter.com/gcTWCE4fOv— 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕 (@mathewrodriguez) September 12, 2020
But others didn’t find the situation funny. “Everyone talking about chris evans leaking his own nudes needs to really not spread that video around,” one supporter tweeted. “You’re violating his privacy after he realized and deleted it. yall really need to not spread that around.”
Other celebrities, social media stars, and TV personalities have reportedly suffered leaked nudes over the years, including pop star Demi Lovato, music producer and DJ Calvin Harris, 90 Day Fiancé’s Colt Johnson, TikTok star Tony “Zarbruh” Zarba, TikTok star Charli D’Amelio, and TikTok star Tony Lopez.
Perhaps Chris will address the gaffe on The Tamron Hall Show. He’s booked to appear on the syndicated daytime talk show on Tuesday, Sept. 15, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, one of his Avengers costars, and Mark Kassen, with whom Chris founded the video-based civic engagement platform A Starting Point.