FINALLY, THE ROCK, HAS FOUND HIS WAY…TO HALSEY NEWS. Over the years the millions and the millions of the Rock’s fans have seen him take on some tough competition. He has faced the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Goldberg, and last but not least John Cena. Outside the ring he made a whole town safe again in Walking Tall (2004). He faced Brendan Frasier in his film The Mummy Returns. He even fought against and beside Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He even faced some not so popular roles in films that saw him play a fairy and sing the song “you aint woman enough to take my man.” As I said, The Rock has faced some tough competition over the years. Through it all he has always been the people’s champion. However, there is a new challenger that is going toe to toe with the great one, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. That challenger is one that has broken many of men. The question is will they add Dwayne “The Rock” John’s name to their list of conquests. The Rock’s newest challenger is the dreaded…..SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS.
When Dwayne Johnson made an announcement Tuesday he became the newest target for social justice warriors. In a tweet he announced to the world that he would be the one to play the part of John Henry in the upcoming Netflix film “John Henry and the Statesman.” His statement on twitter was followed by one on Instagram where Dwayne Johnson talked about how John Henry has been a hero of his ever since the days when his father would put him to bed and sing songs about John Henry for him to hear.
When the man comes around..
Honored to play a childhood hero of mine, JOHN HENRY & his disruptive band of fellow folklore legends from around the world. @netflix are the perfect partners and platform to build.
Directed by Jake Kasdan (JUMANJI).
JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN 🌎🔨 pic.twitter.com/vJ0nkCYXDH
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 9, 2018
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WHEN THE MAN COMES AROUND. Inspired to bring to life one of my childhood heroes, John Henry, in JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN. In this movie, I’ll lead an ensemble of the most popular folklore figures and legends from different cultures around the world. @NETFLIX is the perfect partner & platform to bring these global folklore icons to life. The NETFLIX brand speaks directly to our @sevenbucksprod ethos of being bold, ambitious and game changing – and most importantly, always thinking “Audience first” in homes all around the world. The legend of JOHN HENRY’S strength, endurance, dignity and cultural pride was instilled in my DNA at a very young age. My dad would sing “Big John” to me every time he would put me to bed. At bedtime most children get loving nursery rhyme songs — I got this/ Every mornin’ at the mine, you could see him arrive. He stood 6 foot 6 and weighed 245. Kind of broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didn’t give no lip to Big John. Big John. Big Bad John. Directing this big ol’ tentpole is the talented and passionate, Jake Kasdan. Jake and I found nice success together in a little movie called, JUMANJI. Gonna be a lot of fun bringing these legends to life. My childhood hero. The steel driving man and his disruptive band of international folklore legends. JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN @sevenbucksprod @danygarciaco @hhgarcia41 @flynnpictureco @NETFLIX
According to legend, John Henry was a former slave and black steel driver who won a race against a steam powered rock drilling machine during the 1800s. Unfortunately, despite beating the machine Henry ended up dying after the competition due to his heart giving out on him from the stress that he had put his body through. People who disagree with Dwayne Johnson playing the part of John Henry have pointed out that Henry has always been depicted as dark skinned.
It was only earlier this year when social justice warriors complained about Scarlett Johannson being cast in a transgender role after she was given the part of Dante “Tex” Gill in the film Rub & Tug. Derek Sherry tweeted, “Literally the LEAST you could do when making a movie about trans people is to cast a trans person in the role that was written for them. Scarlett Johansson needs to stop naievely choosing roles, and studios need to do better.” Soon after she found herself attacked by social justice warriors for taking the role, Scarlett Johannson removed herself from the film and even apologized for accepting the part.
Social justice warriors then turned their attention to actress Ruby Rose who was cast as the lead role in the up coming tv series “Batwoman.” Social justice warriors had an issue with the fact that Ruby Rose wasn’t Jewish and in their own words “lesbian enough” for the role. The actress came out about her sexuality when she was 12 years old and as she got older she stopped thinking of herself as a woman. Instead of seeing herself as a woman she felt that she was a man in a woman’s body and stopped considering herself as a gay woman, but as someone who is gender fluid that prefers women. There are many people who view Ruby Rose as a strong willed woman which makes her perfect for the part. However, social justice warriors are not worried about how talented an actor actress is as much as they are worried about the identity of the actor or actress.
Dwayne Johnson is the son of a Polynesian woman and his is a black Canadian. He is a genuine person of color who has taken the role for a character who was also a person of color. However, social justice warriors are complaining that the roles that Johnson has played in the past are not “black enough” for their liking. While Dwayne Johnson may not be a dark skinned black person he has never denied his father’s heritage. His father was part of his first WrestleMania performance and the Rock would go on to lead a group of black wrestlers who were militant in nature called the “Nation of Domination.” Dwayne Johnson is also recognized in wrestling history as the first black WWE champion, a title that he held seven times throughout the span of his career. Since social justice warriors were the first to mention it here is a question for thought. How black is black enough for a black person to be black?