UPDATE: Dwayne Johnson later took to Instagram to set the record straight on an interview he says never actually happened. He was baffled by the quotes attributed to him, with comments and insults on Millennials and "snowflakes." Whether you wanted him to hold the views in question or not, he said the interview never happened. It was 100% fabricated. He would never insult an entire generation, he said, and never gave this interview at all.
It does seem like The Rock is too savvy a guy, at the very least, to insult many of the people who buy tickets to his movies. At least he laughed through his address to fans, saying he couldn't believe he even had to speak out to say he'd never do this, since it's completely against who he is to share the insults quoted to his name in the interview. But so be it. Watch his video.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has something to say, and he's clearly not afraid to say it. During a recent interview, the Rampage actor spoke out about what he calls "generation snowflake," claiming that the youth of today are "looking for a reason to be offended" and "not what so many great men and women" were fighting for. Here is what the professional wrestler/actor said, claiming that the constant outrage of today is a disservice to past generations. Per the actor:
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.
The Rock's generational comments come from the A-list actor's recent interview with Daily Star. While Dwayne Johnson has expressed political opinions in the past -- and even expressed interest in running for president at one point -- this interview is one of the rare times where the typically positive world-famous celebrity has expressed a blunter opinion in a public fashion, especially one involving a whole generation of youngsters. However, he did also say that the country as a whole is more "progressive" than we were "30 or 40 years" ago, although he claims "generation snowflake" has another con as well.
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.
While Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has voiced his frustrations with the current political discourse of today, he did also admit that he "doesn't have to agree" with everyone, or agree with who they vote for and think on a day-to-day basis. He believes that's the power and beauty of "democracy," but he also seems to have a thorn in his side about what is shifting and changing in today's general cultural state-of-mind.
The Rock's comments come just a few days after Kevin Hart, his comedic co-star in Central Intelligence, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the forthcoming Jumanji sequel, was called out for old tweets leading to online outrage. Hart was set to host the Oscars this year when offensive tweets from his past were dug up, creating a controversy around his presence on the big stage. He ultimately stepped down from the hosting gig, and he confirmed on the press rounds for The Upside that he didn't want to make the show about him.
Dwayne Johnson's comments came while he was promoting Fighting With My Family, the wrestling comedy-drama starring and produced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. It smashes its way into theaters across the United States on February 14th. You know, just in time for you to see it on Valentine's Day.