After an interview from Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson claimed the former wrestler-turned-actor was calling out "the snowflake generation", it seems in fact that he didn't say any of it.
The interview, which was ran by the Daily Star, claimed that Johnson said that "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."
To be fair, the interview was initially met with skepticism online as it sounded utterly off-brand for Johnson, not to mention exactly the kind of crap the Daily Star would spew out. Unsurprisingly, the interview turned out to be utterly fake with Johnson taking to Instagram to not only deny the quotes, but deny the interview ever took place.
Looking like a guy who was smiling through some pretty well-earned rage, Johnson explained that the interview never took place, was completely false and didn't even sound like him in the first place. "I encourage empathy, I encourage growth, but most of all, I encourage people to be exactly who they're supposed to be."
Here's Johnson's post in full.
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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 🤙🏾🥃
Of course, this isn't the first time that the Daily Star's been in trouble in the past for making up stories. In 1989, the Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that bodies were looted by "drunk thugs" during the Hillsborough Disaster, with an inquiry later finding that the Daily Star's claims were absolutely false.
More recently, the Daily Star tried to claim that 'Grand Theft Auto' creators Rockstar Studios were planning a game based on the shooting spree of Raoul Moat. Daily Star were forced to run an apology and then pay damages to Rockstar, who incidentally ended up donating said damages to charity.
So, yeah, maybe not exactly the best idea to believe the Daily Star. Incidentally, the story is still up on their website.