The Rock has said that an interview in which he slammed “generation snowflake “was “100 percent fabricated.”
The former wrestler, real name Dwayne Johnson, hit out after the Daily Star claimed he believed that “this generation are looking for a reason to be offended.”
In an video posted on Instagram, Johnson denied that the interview had ever taken place.
“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 it was with me – where I was insulting and criticising millenials. The interview never took place, never happened, never said any of those words, completely untrue, 100% fabricated,” said Johnson.
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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 ???
“I was quite baffled when I woke up this morning. 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 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 it’s not what we do. So to the millenials, the interview never happened.
“To the plurals, the baby boomers, the snowflake generation – I don’t even know where that term came from. The tequila generation, that’s a generation I just started, that’s a good one, you’ll wanna join it. I always encourage empathy, I encourage growth, but most importantly, I encourage everybody to be exactly who they want to be.”
The original interview was published yesterday and saw Johnson claiming that “so many good people fought for freedom and equality – but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended.”
It also referenced recent news stories that seemingly adhere to the mentality of ‘generation snowflake’, including calls for gingerbread men to be renamed gingerbread people, and the word ‘f****t’ to be erased from The Pogues’ song ‘Fairytale of New York’.
Johnson has previously spoken in the past about running for US president in 2020, although In July 2018 he retracted such plans citing a busy schedule that would make a campaign impossible to run.
“It’s a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it’s not possible in 2020,” he said.