He may be one of the biggest Hollywood stars around right now — and possibly running for POTUS in 2020 — but that hasn’t stopped Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson raising a few eyebrows with his latest comments. In fact, the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has caused such a stir, some fans have started unfollowing him.
As Tinseltown’s golden boy, it might be hard to see how The Rock could do any wrong, however, even a fan-favourite standing in the community doesn’t stop Johnson from being open to backlash.
The strange incident occurred when the American Tank Division unveiled its new tank — ironically named after The Rock. Clearly impressed by this patriotic salute to his country and a nice little ego boost, Jonhson shared the news via his Instagram.
The 46-year-old’s tribute described the tanks as “Heavy duty, bad ass, sexy AF and built to take care of business”. He rounded off with “thank you all for your service.
Grateful to the bone.”
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I’m sending a salute of respect & gratitude to the Blackhawk Squadron 🇺🇸 1st Armored Division for the honor of naming their tank (the most advanced in the world) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Heavy duty, bad ass, sexy AF and built to take care of business 😉 — but most importantly, thank you all for your service. Grateful to the bone. #IronSoldiers #BlackhawkSquadron #1stArmouredDivision #FortBliss #TheDRJ #BloodSweatRespect
While plenty of The Rock’s 135 million followers were equally impressed, there were those who pointed out the purpose of the tank and America’s stance on war. One disgruntled follower wrote, “I think they should name a few nukes after you and really get you excited. Maybe they will make a new gun modeled and named after you that can one day be used against innocents. Or maybe just the bullets. Gosh, so many death machines out there, you must be stoked.”
Another mused, “The rest of the world thinks you are the terrorists. Invading country after country for the oil and the profit in the name of “fighting the evil”, and someone wrote, “He just showed his true colors.. I’m not following anyone who is pro war.. we have enough psycho politicians on both sides for that one.”
A particularly vocal (former) fan wrote, “You’re obviously not stupid to know what you are representing or what this machine would do and to who — unfollow!”
There were plenty of people who pointed out Jonhson’s questionable timing in the immediate aftermath of the recent terror attack in New Zealand’s Christchurch.
Johnson hasn’t responded to the criticisms yet, but you can probably expect him to speak out against his critics and try to explain his stance while clearing the air with his audience.
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