The awkward moment came as Theron and Long Shot co-star Seth Rogen appeared on French chat show Touche pas à mon poste (or, It’s Only TV).
Approaching Rogen and Theron, TV presenter Cyril Hanouna appeared to surprise the pair’s French interpreter by leaning in to plant a big kiss on her cheek:
The smooch also seemed to surprise Theron and Rogen.
“Oh, wow. That was … maybe ask, next time?” Theron told the host, fixing him with a steely gaze:
Hanouna then reportedly asked the interpreter if she had enjoyed and was “titillated” by the kiss. That question was posed in French, so appeared to happen without Theron or Rogen’s awareness of what was oing on.
That exchange was in French, so Theron and Rogen seemingly were not aware that he was making light of the issue either.
Social media has been divided about Theron’s actions — some thanking her for standing up for the woman, others arguing that a kiss on the cheek (wanted or not) is a common French custom. Others have pointed out that this isn’t the first time a French TV host has faced criticism for unwanted physical advances:
— Alessandra Vita (@AVInterpreter) April 26, 2019
Welcome in France, @CharlizeAfrica , the country where an entertainment program presenter can kiss any of his fanzouz without asking before, and no one beats an eye.
— Le_Gertrude (@Le_Gertrude) April 24, 2019
Just so you know, in this show, they are used not to ask before kissing.
And when they do and people refuses, they kiss anyway.
” VIDEO – Jean Michel Maire gets out of control and kisses the breasts of a woman that refused his kiss [on the cheek] ” pic.twitter.com/gmBhbgTLuO
— Maître Crayon (@Maitre_Crayon) April 24, 2019
@CharlizeAfrica How precious is the world getting where a French presenter can’t even give a kiss on the cheek to an interpreter. Please don’t be do precious Charlize.
— Moni (@Moni10350900) April 26, 2019
@CharlizeAfrica Thank you for your words front to the journalist yesterday and his stupid forced kiss✨💫
— ModeKDActivé (@Herev89) April 25, 2019
— Dibat MC (@BatDi) April 25, 2019
Just a little information since your participation in a French TV show :
Miss Charlize THeron, in France a kiss on the cheek is not a sexual assault.
We are not a country of puritanism, it’s a tradition between us, totally friendly, without any malicious thought.
— Cyril Mariau (@MariauCyril) April 24, 2019
Theron, 43, made headlines last week when she revealed in a new interview that her seven-year-old child Jackson identifies as a girl.
The Academy Award-winner said Jackson was born a male but revealed to her four years ago that she was actually a girl.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” the Atomic Blonde star told The Daily Mail.
“Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!’
“So there you go. I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.
“They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.”
Theron adopted Jackson in 2012 and her second daughter, August, in 2015.