Just hours after a controversial interview where Dwayne Johnson lashed out at millennials, The Rock has fired back, claiming the interview never even happened.
The Rock, 46, took to his Instagram on Friday afternoon, revealing in the caption that he’s, ‘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,’ The Rock said.
The Rock speaks out: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson reveals a supposed interview where he bashed millennials never actually happened
Criticizing ain’t my style. I don’t cast stones and we all get to be who we are,’ he said, adding the hashtags, #millies, #plurals, #boomers and #TequilaGeneration.
In the video, he began by stating, ‘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 criticizing millennials,’ Johnson began.
Never happened: The Rock, 46, took to his Instagram on Friday afternoon, revealing in the caption that he’s, ‘Settin’ the record straight. The interview never happened’
‘The interview never took place, never happened,’ Johnson continued. ‘I never said any of those words, completely untrue, 100% fabricated.’
‘I was quite baffled when I woke up this morning,’ he added. ‘You know, I’ve gained such a great trust and equity with all you guys, all over the world throughout the years, and you know it’s not a true DJ interview if I’m ever insulting a group, a generation or anyone, cause that’s not me.’
‘That’s not who I am and that’s not what I do, The Rock continued. ‘So, to the millennials, the interview never happened.’
Untrue: ‘The interview never took place, never happened,’ Johnson continued. ‘I never said any of those words, completely untrue, 100% fabricated’
He concluded his video by telling his fans that he encourages empathy and growth.
‘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 want to join it… I always encourage empathy, I encourage growth, but most importantly, I always encourage everybody to be exactly what they want to be.’
In his supposed interview with the Daily Star, he said, ‘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.
Smackdown: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has hit out at the ‘snowflake’ generation, accusing those who are ‘easily offended’ of pulling society ‘backwards’
‘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 – and that is not what so many great men and women fought for.’
He added: ‘We thankfully now live in a world that has progressed over the last 30 or 40 years. 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.’
Last month, the star amused fans when he took to Instagram to share a snapshot of his proudly displayed Razzie award, handed down to him for his critically-panned remake of classic TV series Baywatch.
Be free: The former wrestler, 46, has revealed that while he supports people feeling free to be whoever they are, he’s none too pleased about those who constantly complain
Rock bottom: The Hollywood actor proudly displayed Razzie he won for Baywatch recently
Film: In the big screen comedy take on the TV show, he played lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, the role originally made famous by David Hasselhoff. Pictured with Zac Efron
‘And a sweet little GOLDEN RAZZIE AWARD for making BAYWATCH. Categorized as — A movie so rotten and sh***y, you actually fell in love with it.
He added: ‘Hey, I take full responsibility for the [poop] so punch me right in the kisser for that one.’
The Razzie Awards, held the night before the Oscars, honour what are generally regarded as the worst films of the year.
And a new category was recently introduced — The Razzie Nominee So Rotten You Loved It — the inaugural winner being Baywatch.
On the chin: When he won the award, Johnson posted a video humbly accepting it
What can I say? The plaque was in recognition of the fact the Moana soundtrack — on which he sang the catchy You’re Welcome as demigod Maui — had sold five million copies worldwide