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Rest assured: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has nothing against political correctness. An uncharacteristically frank interview with the Jumanji star has been debunked by the man himself, who said on Instagram “The interview never took place. Never happened. Never said any of those words.”
The kerfuffle began when England’s Daily Star quoted Johnson in an interview as saying, “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 actor then allegedly took aim at “generation snowflake,” adding “So many good people fought for freedom and equality — but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended … generation snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards.”
Once the interview’s harsh tone made headlines, Johnson responded to the controversy on Instagram—saying that it had never happened. “The interview never took place, never happened, never said any of those words, completely untrue, 100% fabricated. I was quite baffled when I woke up this morning,” he said.
Not only was the quote fabricated, but the affable star also offered helpful hints for validating any future comments. “I’ve gained such a great trust and equity with all you guys, all around the world over the years, and you know it’s not a really D.J. interview if I’m ever insulting a group, a generation or anyone, because that’s not me and it’s not who I am and not what we do.”
Johnson even apologized specifically to millennials, and generations beyond for any (brief) offense. Maybe certain co-stars could learn a thing or two from him.