Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is speaking out about a controversial interview where he reportedly slammed "generation snowflake," claiming it never took place.
The Daily Star recently ran an interview with the 46-year-old, where Johnson reportedly said, “this generation are looking for a reason to be offended.” The headline-grabbing quote was picked up by a number of news sites, but Johnson set the record straight on Instagram. “The interview never took place," Johnson says in a video. "Never happened. Never said any of those words. Completely untrue. One hundred per cent fabricated.”
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Settin’ the record straight. 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. #millies #plurals #boomers #TequilaGeneration 🤙🏾🥃
“I’ve gained such a great trust and equity with all you guys," he continued, "all around the world over the years, and you know it’s not a real DJ interview if I’m ever insulting a group, a generation or anyone because that’s not me. That’s not who I am and that’s not what we do.”
The Daily Star spectacularly ran a front-page story under the headline “The Rock Smacks Down Snowflakes." The story included "quotes" from Johnson where he reportedly said millennials are holding society back after "so many good people fought for freedom and equality." The story highlighted Johnson being offended by University of Manchester students being discouraged from clapping and one bakery's plans to rename gingerbread men "gingerbread people."
As of this posting, The Daily Star's article has been taken down.
The former wrestler has carved a name for himself in Hollywood and led such movies as Baywatch, Rampage and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The Rock has a jam-packed slate of upcoming movies, which includes a Jumanji sequel and the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw spinoff.