UPDATE [1/12/19, 1:16 p.m. ET]: After the Daily Star published these comments, Johnson tweeted that the interview “never happened.” The Daily Star has since deleted the article from its website. The headline has been changed to reflect the latest developments.
Settin’ the record straight.
The interview never happened.
Never said those words.
If I ever had an issue with someone, a group, community or a generation — I’d seek them… https://t.co/oJdpmfsyCi
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 12, 2019
Amid the microaggressions and postmodernist jargon clouding public debate in the Western world, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson brought some clarity by pointing out how the “snowflake” generation is reversing gains their ancestors made for freedom in civil society.
During an interview with the UK’s Daily Star, Johnson indicated that millennials look for a “reason to be offended” rather than exercising the rights that war heroes fought for in previous generations.
“If you are not agreeing with them then they are offended — and that is not what so many great men and women fought for,” he said. Johnson celebrated the fact that “people can be who they want, be with who they want, and live how they want.”
But he lamented how “generation snowflake” was reversing the gains that society made over the last several decades. “Generation snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards,” he said.
Johnson was just one of many celebrities to blast the advent of excessive political correctness and taking offense at things like “microaggressions.”
Watch some of his comments below:
In 2015, comedian Patton Oswalt similarly sent dozens of tweets lampooning how crazy political correctness had become.
And according to a poll from last year, Americans weren’t too happy about political correctness either. The majority, as IJR previously noted, saw the restrictions on speech as a “problem.”