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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 🤙🏾🥃
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Jack Andrews, a reporter with the Daily Star, had the byline on an interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in which the WWE star rail against snowflakes. The story was published in the early hours of January 11. Shortly afterward, the story was aggregated across the world with conservative news outlets in the U.S. paying particular attention to The Rock’s words. Hours later, The Rock took to his official Instagram page to say that the interview and his quotes were fabricated.
At the time of writing the story has been deleted from the Daily Star’s website. You can read a cached version of the article here.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Jack Andrews Quoted the Rock as Saying ‘Generation Snowflake Are Actually Putting Us Backwards,’ Which Is Not Standard American English
Our top story today –
EXCLUSIVE: @TheRock slams #snowflakes for ‘looking for reasons to be offended’https://t.co/eajoIuP8wP pic.twitter.com/euTTCUsotm
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) January 11, 2019
The article quotes The Rock as saying, “Generation snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards.” The Rock, a U.S. citizen, would be more likely to use the word “Backward,” rather than “Backwards.”
The piece goes on to say, “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.”
2. The Rock Says He ‘Never Said Any of Those Words’
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