Graham Norton criticised for ‘mocking’ Henry Cavill’s Warhammer hobby: ‘Let people enjoy things!’

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Graham Norton has come under fire from viewers after ‘belittling’ Henry Cavill’s Warhammer hobby on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night.

The television host was joined by The Witcher star ahead of the release of the Netflix fantasy’s second season.

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Turning his attention to what Henry gets up to in his free time, Graham started: ‘You do fly your nerd flag with pride. One of your hobbies, and he’s got a lot of hobbies ladies and gentlemen, one of your hobbies…’

Henry then interrupted to comment: ‘Makes me sound weird.’

‘Well, you do have more hobbies than the average man, I’d say,’ Graham retorted, before adding: ‘But you paint World Of War Craft?’

‘Warhammer’, Henry corrected him.

Henry Cavill hit back at Graham making his hobby ‘sound weird’ (Picture: BBC)

‘I’m a fool,’ Graham quipped, with the audience bursting into laughter. ‘You paint by hand? Does everyone do that, or can you buy them already painted?’

Henry then explained that players do paint the figurines but that there’s also the gaming side to all of the fun.

‘When you paint them, what do you do with them then, Henry?’ Graham continued.

Graham Norton tried to get his head around Warhammer (Picture: BBC)

‘You put them together in little armies and you fight against someone else’s army,’ Henry said, with the audience laughing again. ‘It’s fun. It sounds ridiculous but it is fun.’

‘Toys, very good fun,’ Graham went on: ‘Do you invite people over?’

Viewers criticised Graham’s comments and some branded them ‘entirely unwarranted’.

This attitude towards hobbies is one of the reasons I am glad I no longer live in Britain. I just don’t get this kind of prejudice on display here and it’s entirely unwarranted too.https://t.co/jNiEswrc4O

— Ollie Barder (@Cacophanus) December 6, 2021

Henry Cavill getting taunted on the Graham Norton show over his warhammer hobby has me a little riled up. Let people have fun you tosser.

— Blizzinam (@Blizzinam) December 6, 2021

This is an incredibly distasteful way to talk about someone’s hobby on a televised show

You can still support a hobby even if you don’t understand it. Life is short, so just be happy for people doing what makes them feel good https://t.co/EhC1w6cn7M

— Jeff Brutlag 🏳️‍🌈 (@jeffbrutlag) December 6, 2021

I just saw that clip of Henry Cavill talking about his Warhammer hobby and can’t (but also can) believe that we live in a world where people laugh at him and mock him for harmlessly enjoying something. That host was kind of a dick.

— AJ⛄️ (@Aleczandxr) December 6, 2021

Henry Cavill getting shade thrown at him for being an MMO gamer is why I hate it here https://t.co/FFIAEMMiW2

— Caleb Williams (@KnightGambit) December 6, 2021

If you don’t understand someone’s hobby, it’s not an excuse to insult it 🙄 Let people enjoy things! https://t.co/RbBbB8dILH

— Dakota Irish (@dakotairishIE) December 6, 2021

I just saw that clip of Henry Cavill talking about his Warhammer hobby and can’t (but also can) believe that we live in a world where people laugh at him and mock him for harmlessly enjoying something,’ wrote one. ‘That host was kind of a d*ck.’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘This attitude towards hobbies is one of the reasons I am glad I no longer live in Britain.

‘I just don’t get this kind of prejudice on display here and it’s entirely unwarranted too.’

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A third added: ‘If you don’t understand someone’s hobby, it’s not an excuse to insult it. Let people enjoy things!’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Graham Norton for comment.

The Graham Norton Show airs Fridays at 10.40pm on BBC One.

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