A year ago, the famous actor Dwayne Johnson announced that he will be joining the cast of Finding Justice. When he promoted it on his social media he got a lot of hate.
The BET series, Finding Justice, is all about injustices that happened in 6 different cities in America. It will have 6 parts, one for each city.
His post seemed to cause a big discussion between people who liked the idea of the series and the people who were questioning his abrupt interest in social justice.
His promo post showed clips from the series which featured police brutality and murders of African American that were unarmed.
Some of the disapproving comments were:
“Really surprised the rock would post something like this. There is no true social injustice, only what the media shows the people. Its 2019 not 1950’s, let’s move on.”
“Do you see the hatred and evil you bring out by posting something like this, I’ve been a huge fan of yours and have been since your wrestling days, but you fueling a fire with a post like this that’s helping divide this country into a race war. You might have just lost a fan.”
“Come on Dwayne, I have been behind you for years ever since the Hulkster passed you the torch. Now, you’re basically spitting in my face with this left wing nonsense”.
“Hey @therock, how many woke points does this earn you in the Oppression Olympics. Makes sense to do stuff like this because you’ve got like 7 movies coming out this year.”
“These people need to stop blaming everything for their actions and what puts them in prison. Just saying.”
“@therock WHY are YOU involved in this agenda pushing, fake a** news, racist bulls**t!!!!! Pls, tell me it’s not true!!!!!”
Even though his new interest might seem sudden to some hardcore fans know he has been vocal about his political opinions for a long time.
In an interview for GQ, he said, about Donald Trump, “I’d like to see a better leadership. I’d like to see greater leadership. “When there’s a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you’re in a disagreement with—for example, the media—I feel like it informs me that I could be better. We all have issues, and we all gotta work our sh*t out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out…the responsibility as president—I [would] take responsibility for everyone.”.
While he was being interviewed for Rolling Stone, he talked about how he would have shown solidarity in Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest that was against racial inequality and police brutality.
Another topic he talked about was the importance of Black folklore legends in light of being rumored to start in John Henry and The Statesmen, a Netflix film.
“These diverse characters speak to a legacy of storytelling that is more relevant than ever and span across a worldwide audience regardless of age, gender, race, or geography,” he said for Variety.
He has also addressed on social media on what he identifies as after he saw one comment.
“Cool, he identifies as Samoan in WWE and was booked that way after Nation days. Was never booked, proclaimed, or titled as First black champion. And hardcore wrestling fans don’t name him as such as well. Thus nobody calls him a black champion. Anoa’i family background angle”.
“Glad I came across this and I’ll give you guys some context & truth.
I identify as exactly what I am – both. Equally proud.
And my friend, let me expand your thoughts a bit here – I transcended race in wrestling so there was no “booked that way”.
Finding Justice might be his first project that deals with social injustice but it won’t be the last.