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In an interview with the Daily Star published Friday, wrestler-turned-highest paid actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson landed a crushing blow on “generation snowflake” in his strong defense of freedom of speech.
While it’s great that people now feel more free to “be who they want to be,” said Johnson, who hosts the new physical challenge show “The Titan Games,” too many people in the younger generation are attempting to clamp down on free speech in the name of being “offended.” This mentality, the 46-year-old said, flies in the face of what our brave military heroes have fought for.
The Daily Star provides some context for Johnson’s comments, noting that he chose to speak out “after a flood of snowflake stories hit the headlines,” including “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.'”
In response to more evidence of this troubling free speech clamp-down, The Rock told the outlet, “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.”
“So many good people fought for freedom and equality — but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended,” he added. “If you are not agreeing with them then they are offended — and that is not what so many great men and women fought for.”
While there’s certainly been some very positive developments in recent decades in terms of tolerance and generally making the world a better place, he told the outlet, the snowflake’s perpetual offense culture is making us go “backwards.”
“We thankfully now live in a world that has progressed over the last 30 or 40 years,” he said. “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.”
As the Star notes, The Rock’s “snowflakes” comments come as the Armed Forces released an instantly viral ad campaign targeting “snowflakes” and as comedians, including Ricky Gervais, have begun to push back harder on the outrage culture’s attack on comedy and free speech in general.
“Please stop saying ‘You can’t joke about anything anymore,'” Gervais tweeted on New Year’s Eve. “You can. You can joke about whatever the f you like. And some people won’t like it and they will tell you they don’t like it. And then it’s up to you whether you give a f or not. And so on. It’s a good system.”
Among the other big free speech/perpetual offense headlines in recent weeks is comedian Kevin Hart’s decision to step down as Oscars host after decade-old “homophobic” comments resurfaced. Two days after he was announced as the next host of the Academy Awards, Hart announced that he was stepping down after the Academy demanded he apologize, again, for the comments. Hart has since said he is done apologizing for mistakes of the past.