Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is getting flack for casting himself as an African-American folklore legend in an upcoming Netflix film he is also producing.
Johnson announced on Tuesday that he would be playing the titular hero in the Netflix film ‘John Henry and the Statesman.’
‘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,’ the 46-year-old actor said on Twitter, along with a brief teaser trailer. ‘@Netflix are the perfect partners and platform to build.’
On Instagram, he added: ‘My dad would sing ‘Big John’ to me every time he would put me to bed.’
The legend of John Henry tells the tale of a black steel-driver, and former slave, who raced against a steam-powered rock drilling machine supposedly in the 1800s.
Many took issue with Johnson taking the role, comparing him to stars like Zoe Saldana and Amandla Stenberg who have received criticism for taking roles meant for someone described as having dark skin.
Saldana was even blasted for her role as jazz icon Nina Simone, with the legend’s estate telling the actress to ‘Go to hell!’
A user asserted: ‘The Rock is black when it’s profitable and racially ambiguous when it isn’t. We need a proud, strong, all-day black man to play John Henry.’
‘How can you play BOTH a Polynesian demigod in “Moana” and a black former slave, John Henry? I’ll tell you why,’ commented another user. ‘#onedroprule makes biracials “chameleons”. And they will have NO problem taking those roles.’
Several users shared names of actors they felt would have been perfect for the role, with ‘This is Us’ star Sterling K. Brown and Idris Elba leading the pack
One user said: ‘The Rock as John Henry?!!! I bet Morris Chesnut somewhere p***ed!’
'John Henry has always been depicted as dark-skinned but o k a y,' said #KeepIt host, Ira Madison III
The sentiment was shared by Mikki Kendall, who added: 'Nope. He's great, but he's definitely not John Henry. This is a wonderful time for someone new to break in. John Henry was dark skinned & young'
'Historically, John Henry’s always been depicted as having a *very* dark skin complexion and while Dwayne Johnson is undeniably a black man, this is all quite (face with monocle emoji),' said Charles Pulliam-Moore. 'I’m legitimately curious who the target audience for this movie is meant to be'
While this man who saved the country from communism and devastation is ridiculed by the propaganda media ...
by a film, The Marshal of Finland, where this man plays his role...
Hiemdall the black Norse god guarding the Bifrost bridge.
Black Kingpin of NY
Black white Irish guy.
..., so yeah, screw the Rock. Maybe somebody like this should play John Henry.
What about the blackwashing of established written as redhead characters in recent film?
Not to mention the full on corruption of history outside (((cinema))) ...
Understand and feel your anger my friend.
Saw this and thought of you.
Linkola has proven to be too extreme environmentalist even to the green. He was one of the founders of the green party, but they don't accept his views of limiting immigration. It is true that people are not well in this world of illusions and deception, but Finland is far from decimating its forests. We are five and a half million people only on an area of 338 449 km². In fact Finland lives from its forests that are well cared of. Linkola does have some of his points spot on.