Story Update: Moments Ago on Instagram, Dwayne Johnson is claiming that the interview he did with The Daily Star never happened. The actor has completely denounced comments that were attributed to him earlier today and says those were not his words. The Daily Star has refused to comment but did retract the alleged interview.
Settin’ the record straight.
The interview never happened.
Never said those words.
If I ever had an issue with someone, a group, community or a generation — I’d seek them out, create dialogue and do my best to understand them.
Criticizing ain’t my style.
I don’t cast stones and we all get to be who we are.
It is no secret that Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart have become great friends over the last few years so when The Rock has questioned a new interview with The Daily Star about current controversy surrounding his friend, he had some pretty strong words for those seeking to be offended.
“I don’t have to agree with what somebody thinks, who they vote for, what they voted for, what they think, but I will back their right to say or believe it.”
Johnson continues, “So many good people fought for freedom and equality but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended. If you are not agreeing with them then they are offended and that is not what so many great men and women fought for. We thankfully now live in a world that has progressed over the last 30 or 40 years, People can be who they want, be with who they want, and live how they want. That can only be a good thing but generation snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards”
Well in a shocking turn of events, Johnson’s comments calling out an outraged generation stroked outrage with certain media outlets. The AV Club was none too happy about his comments in an article in which they said:
He neglects to say how, exactly, this vague, ill-defined generation is “putting us backwards,” but we’re going to give him the benefit of the doubt by not assuming it’s in pushing back against old, outdated norms and actually holding those in power accountable for patterns of hate speech.
The Mary Sue wrote an article combating Johnson’s comments by comparing themselves to Martin Luther King Jr…:
If Twitter had been around during the era of Martin Luther King Jr., people would have called him a SJW, a communist, slammed him for being a snowflake and combative, and told him to get over slavery because that’s been over for like a whole generation and lynching isn’t as bad as it used to be.
Johnson’s comments are wrong not because I disagree with them, but because they are historically incorrect and based on a faulty idea that the need for activism is over, and that this collective generational need for change is new.
Some people on Twitter were also not too happy with him
The countdown begins to how soon someone in the media will call Dwayne Johnson ‘alt-right’.