Despite being one of the most loved actors in Hollywood, with a reputation for generally being a really nice guy, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has whipped up some serious controversy with his latest Instagram post – so much so that many outraged fans have now unfollowed him.
The post in question came after when the American Tank Division unveiled its new tank, along with its name which, as you’d probably guessed, with named after the famous actor.
So, clearly happy to be honoured, Johnson took to Instagram to express how happy he was to have the tank named after him – describing both himself and the tank as “badass” and “sexy AF.”
But it seems the post has proved to be much more controversial than he could have ever imagined as hundreds of furious fans flocked to his comments to slam the star for endorsing something that supports war.
The controversial caption read: “I’m sending a salute of respect & gratitude to the Blackhawk Squadron 🇺🇸 1st Armored Division for the honor of naming their tank (the most advanced in the world) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Heavy duty, bad ass, sexy AF and built to take care of business — but most importantly, thank you all for your service. Grateful to the bone,” and it really didn’t go down well with fans.
“He just showed his true colors.. I’m not following anyone who is pro war.. we have enough psycho politicians on both sides for that one,” wrote one annoyed fan. “Why would you want to have your name on a mass destructive weapon where its only purpose is to kill other people,” added another.
A third fan explained that while they commend him for his charity work, it gave them “no pleasure” to see him associating himself with a weapon used for “destruction and death.”
“We love and respect you for all the charity and humanitarian acts you have done as well as being the hardest and hardest working actor in Hollywood. It gives me no pleasure to see your name associated with a weapon used for destruction and death.”
However, the star doesn’t seem too bothered by the wave of backlash, as he hasn’t deleted the post and is yet to respond to the criticism. In fact, given he has 162 million followers, he probably won’t even notice.