Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has denied using the term ‘snowflakes’ to refer to the millennial generation.
The Daily Star alleged the 46-year-old San Andreas star used the word during an exclusive interview, accusing millennials of being overly sensitive.
Now, The Rock has hit back at the publication’s claims, insisting the interview was ‘100 per cent fabricated’.
The Daily Star article – entitled The Rock Hits Out At Snowflakes: Movie Star Dwayne Johnson Rages – alleged the semi-retired professional wrestler made the following comments:
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. 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.
It was also reported Johnson said:
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.
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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 🤙🏾🥃
However, The Rock has now uploaded a video to Instagram where he described the quotes as being ‘completely untrue’, stating ‘criticizing ain’t my style’.
Addressing his 128 million followers, the action hero said:
I can’t believe I have to do this again and set the record straight on something, but I’m happy to do it,
Earlier today online an interview dropped with me — apparently with me. Where I was insulting and criticising millennials. The interview never took place. Never happened. I never said any of those words. Completely untrue.
One hundred percent never happened, I’ve gained such a great trust and equity with all of you guys all over the world over these 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.
Some people just want to chop down trees instead of planting seeds of growth. Hate is so hard to defeat, but you do a damn fine job of inspiring positivity among your millions of fans. From this bald-headed bourbon sipping millennial, crack on my friend.
— Dan Buffa (@buffa82) January 12, 2019
My apologies for the lame arsed tabloid in my country, and honestly noone ever believes anything that paper has to say, but on behalf of your 🇬🇧 fans, sorry..
— maggie (@mamamags1) January 12, 2019
At the time of writing (January 12), the article is still available to read online.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.