Some people are absolutely furious with 'The Rock' over his latest Instagram posts
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is one of those celebrities who seems to have social media all figured out. There are plenty of famous people out there who can't make a single tweet without infuriating people, and seem to provoke anger and outrage whatever they say (case in point: the president of the United States himself).
But The Rock is different. Maybe it's just because he's always managed to exude charisma, but he seems to be able to navigate the rocky archipelago of social media without managing to capsize. I guess some people are just good with people.
However, for the first time, it seems like The Rock has managed to stir up some of his followers, over a contentious issue that some people will think is totally minor and not worth arguing about, and others will view as a moral imperative. Whatever your own personal stance on the issue, it seems as though The Rock's unbroken streak of social media successes has finally come to a close.
The trouble began on Sunday, when the Jumanji star took to Instagram to share footage of himself at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Johnson included a number of pictures of himself posing with a beluga whale and seal lions, among other marine animals.
He even included a video of himself in which he appeared to hold a 'conversation' with one friendly pinniped; a sea lion named Katie whom he taught to bark in a way that sounded somewhat like she was saying "world's sexiest man." Johnson captioned the video: "As all you guys around the world know that I am one with creatures and animals and basically anything with a heartbeat."
Hmm; a day at the aquarium seems pretty innocuous right? Well not if a vocal minority of his followers is to be believed. A number of Instagram users slammed Johnson for appearing to commit the cardinal faux pas of supporting animals in captivity, as part of a wider social trend towards the condemnation of parks like SeaWorld and other such centres.
One irate Instagram user wrote: "Shame on you. You have the opportunity to educate folks on how cruel it is to exploit an innocent being yet you make a joke out of their imprisonment. How devastating," while another wrote: "Shame on you. You have the opportunity to educate folks on how cruel it is to exploit an innocent being yet you make a joke out of their imprisonment. How devastating."
However, not everyone was so quick to condemn, and one of The Rock's followers commented: "I am happy to see that you are supporting local aquariums! Many people have bought into the false lies of Blackfish and aren't seeing the full picture and are commenting on subjects that they have 0 experience in. [sic]"
I wonder how The Rock is going to get himself out of this awkward situation? I wouldn't want to be his publicist right now.