Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was recently bashed by a British outlet that criticized the actor, claiming he dissed “generation snowflake” in regards to free speech.
The Daily Star published what it claimed was an “exclusive” interview with The Rock on Friday — reporting that he had said “this generation are looking for a reason to be offended” as well as “putting us backwards” when it comes to free speech.
Johnson then took to Instagram share how the interview “never happened.”
“Settin’ the record straight,” he posted. “The interview never happened. Never said those words. 100% false. 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.”
And by the following morning, the Daily Star had erased its “exclusive.”
The page then shared the following message:
“You can’t win them all! The page you are looking for can’t be found, why not take a look at some of the other great sections on the Daily Star website”
The Daily Star claimed that the 46-year-old actor and host of “The Titan Games” said the while the younger generation has helped make the world a better place by making it more tolerant, the perpetual offense of “generation snowflake” is “putting us backwards.”
“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. That’s democracy,” the outlet alleged he had said. “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,” the Daily Star claimed Johnson shared. “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.”
On Friday, the tabloid even put the story on its front cover.
Reach PLC owns The Daily Star and also owns both the Daily Mirror as well as the Daily Express.
The Guardian shares how the outlet is “overseen by the Independent Press Standards Organisation, meaning Johnson could make an accuracy complaint to the press regulator.”
Fans commented under The Rock’s video:
“Shame. I wish you had said it so we can try and stop the snowflake generation.”
“You are a good man… please run to be the President USA.”
“Dwayne The Rock Johnson, I’ve watched you since I was younger, and I’m so happy with the inspiring man you’ve been throughout the years! You are one of my favorite “celebrities” because of the positive image you continuously uphold, knowing so many people look up to you. I’m proud of you! Keep Rockin’!!!”
You heard em’ Dwayne, keep doing you!
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