The Rock Blasts ‘Snowflake Generation,’ Defends Free Speech
Former wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson says snowflakes too easily offended
Wrestler-turned-highest paid actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson body-slammed "generation snowflake" while defending people's rights to freedom of speech, during an interview with the Daily Star, published Friday.
Johnson acknowledges that it's great that people now feel freer to "be who they want to be," but says too many people in the younger generation are calling for an end to free speech because they're too easily "offended."
46-year-old Johnson, who now hosts the new physical challenge show "The Titan Games," says this mentality flies in the face of what our brave military heroes have fought for.
Johnson stated that he decided to speak out "after a flood of snowflake stories hit the headlines" recently.
He cited examples of "snowflake stories" that include when "F1 banned the much-loved Grid Girls over sexism fears, uni leaders banned clapping in case it upset soft students and there was outcry when equality fools demanded a re-branding of the tasty treats to 'Gingerbread People.'" according to the Daily Star.
Johnson went on to criticize the contemporary “snowflake” generation of young people, arguing that “if you are not agreeing with them then they are offended.”
According to Breitbart, the Fast and Furious star said that this generation’s penchant for being offended is taking humanity backward.
“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,” the Jumanji star said.
“So many good people fought for freedom and equality – but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended.”
Dwayne Johnson went on to argue that the propensity of many young people to take offense is only taking humanity backward rather than forward.
“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 explained.
“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.”
The actor has long expressed an interest in political debate and has previously revealed how he is considering a run for the presidency.
Last year, he argued that America needs a return to the leadership of people who have a comprehensive understanding of American history and politics, as well as prior political experience.
“What I’m sensing now is that we have to pivot back to people who have a deep-rooted knowledge of American history and politics and experience in policy and how laws get made,” Johnson said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
"I think that pivot has to happen."
“I think in a lot of people’s minds, what Trump has proved is that anybody can run for president.
"And in a lot of people’s minds, what he’s also proved is that not everybody should run for president.”