Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has never been short of fans, whether because of his excellent wrestling career or enviable roles in blockbusting movies. He's also one of the most recognizable men in Hollywood thanks to his gigantic frame and distinctively expressive eyebrows.
But no one is immune to a public backlash, and Johnson has just become the latest celebrity victim. The star posted something on Instagram which has got a lot of people annoyed.
In fact, the post has caused such waves that many fans of Johnson have actually unfollowed his Instagram page, citing the post as the final straw. But it seems Johnson is nonplussed by the backlash, as the post is still sitting proudly on his page - in spite of the barrage of negativity in the comments underneath it. Many think Johnson has gone too far in terms of courting controversy, though some are standing in support.
The Rock is one of the most recognizable faces in the world.
via: ShutterstockWith his staggering 6 ft 5 inches, 260 lbs frame, he'd be pretty hard to miss - but it's his expressive face (and infamous eyebrows) that really set him apart from the rest.
He rose to fame as a professional wrestler.
via: ShutterstockThis is where Johnson first earned his nickname "The Rock" - thanks to his giant (and seemingly impenetrable) ring presence. We certainly wouldn't want to face off against him!
But Johnson also made a clever career move.
via: Getty ImagesKnowing that there was limited longevity in wrestling, Johnson successfully transitioned his career into another sphere. He's now as well known as an actor as he was as a wrestler.
He's also known for being a beloved internet presence.This brilliant image of him wearing a turtleneck, gold chain and, inexplicably, a fanny pack, is a particular highlight that the internet loves to bring up.
He's had some iconic movie roles.Johnson is probably most famous for his performances in the Fast and Furious movies. He plays Luke Hobbs, an intimidating special agent and self-described "ice cold can of whoopass."
Younger fans may know him from somewhere else, though.Johnson voiced the demigod Maui in the huge Disney hit Moana - complete with an amazing song and rap which sent the internet into hysterics.
But for many, Johnson will always be The Rock.He's one of the most famous wrestlers of all time and has numerous titles and awards. Despite technically retiring from wrestling in 2004, The Rock still makes public appearances from time to time.
His wrestling persona had a few memorable aspects.With his general trash-talk and bullying persona, his wonderfully evil-looking eyebrow and his memorable catchphrase, "If you smell what The Rock is cooking," it seems he was made for the WWE.
It's safe to say Johnson has built an enviable career for himself.Transitioning from one niche area and building an enormous Hollywood career out of it is no mean feat - it's clear Johnson is a savvy businessman.
And he's never been short of fans.For a long time, many have cited Johnson as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood - in stark contrast to his intimidating appearance and controversial wrestling reputation. But Johnson may just have undone all his hard work.
Because it seems like Johnson has annoyed a lot of fans.He's posted something controversial on his social media which has got people riled up - so much so, that many are choosing to unfollow the star.
Until now, Johnson has cultivated a fairly positive social media following.
But, as many have done before him, it seems Johnson has made a blunder.Social media can be a real minefield in terms of the immediacy of interaction with fans and it seems that Johnson has learned this lesson to his detriment with a particularly controversial post.
This is the post in question.
But the message behind the image was what many have found objectionable.In his caption, Johnson refers to the tank as "Heavy duty, bad ass, sexy AF and built to take care of business." Many thought this was a rather glib way to view a machine designed to kill.
And many responded in a shocking way.
People Are Unfollowing Dwayne Johnson After Controversial Instagram Post 👀👀 https://t.co/YP9fGUJonL https://t.co/z4w3M1jpUK #NottsLaughs— Notts Laughs (@Notts Laughs)1552993307.0
The post has had a super negative reception.Many viewed it as particularly inappropriate in light of recent events of mass violence. One comment reads, "Well, there were more attacks all over Europe, hell, we had an attack just yesterday in one of our big cities in Holland. No one talks about that outside Europe. And I agree that he can unite people, but maybe he doesn't because of the risk of creating something that causes more damage than preventing it. And what happened in New Zealand was awful and I love for the families who were torn apart. But that's what we, the people who can vote for our world government, kinda helped too. Not blaming anyone, just pointing that out."
However, some questioned whether the story had been blown out of proportion.
Is this really that big of a deal? People are said to be unfollowing The Rock after a Tank is named after him and p… https://t.co/1WLcFJmWF8— Ramsey Sidawi 🎙 (@Ramsey Sidawi 🎙)1552949617.0
Nonetheless, it seems the post hasn't done Johnson any favors.Even those who don't feel strongly about his support of the troops may view his casual, jokey language surrounding such a serious issue to show a lack of respect and poor judgement.
But it seems Johnson is standing firm.In spite of the follower backlash and negative reports on his post, it's still up - although Johnson is yet to comment on the story as a whole.
Many view the caption in particular as in very poor taste.A quick read through the comments shows that many are super disappointed in Johnson for his comments - and think that he could have used this as an opportunity to speak out against violence more generally.
However, some have taken a different view.Many see the uproar over Johnson's post as a victory for the "snowflakes" of the world, who are keen to get offended by anything that they possibly can.
Some see the outrage as overstated.
@WWERamsey People have too much time on their hands 🤦🏾♀️— A* (@A*)1552955967.0
Some have pointed out another interesting aspect of the story.The general noise about the unfollowing seems to have been bigger than the actual acts of unfollowing itself. It seems like many just wanted to throw their voices into the mix, rather than actually follow through.
Because it seems as though Johnson isn't actually losing followers at all.
@ladbible @UNILAD and ather big #fakenews social media stop this shit about @TheRock he still gets 100k follower pe… https://t.co/DiEEbK4eXE— Oltjan Cani (@Oltjan Cani)1552959853.0
Many view the story as based on hearsay.
@WWERamsey @AJstylesgoatP1 A lot of what the media reports these days, on all sides, is exaggerated or spun to rein… https://t.co/Q8KGJQyTbW— Chris Holden (@Chris Holden)1552965140.0
Many drew attention to another fact.
@WWERamsey It's blown out of proportion. I was a tanker and putting celebrity names on the gun tube is not out of t… https://t.co/YFgKpRzcb0— Speedy Rutten (@Speedy Rutten)1552957021.0