Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has been losing Instagram followers in droves following a post that he put up the other day.
Yes, in this ever-changing and unpredictable world in which a single misstep can see you cancelled forever more, even The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment:tm: isn't safe.
His crime? Sharing a post in which he talked about a tank that had been named after him.
"If you smell what America's Tank Division is cooking!"
Shoutout to the #IronSoldiers assigned to the @Blackhawk_SQDN for naming one of their tanks in homage to the @TheRock.
Hopefully the "People's Champ" will see it and give you guys a shoutout and a retweet!#TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/xMm2aKBArS
- 1st Armored Division (@1stArmoredDiv) March 12, 2019
The Brahma Bull shared a picture to his Instagram account of some troops at Fort Bliss US Army Base in El Paso, Texas. They were standing next to a picture of a brand spanking new tank that has 'Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson' written in pride of place on the barrel of its gigantic gun.
The Rock said this: "I'm sending a salute of respect & gratitude to the Blackhawk Squadron US 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."
You would think that sort of sentiment would play pretty well among The Rock's legions of American fans. However, there are a good few people who decided to unfollow Rocky for this post.
One even went as far as to say: "How much innecent [sic] people is that tank gonna kill?"
Another added: "Can't belive [sic] you support this s**t? Those guys on the other site [sic] of the line are great men to [sic], with family at home also.. War is a loosers [sic] game - be better!"
Wow. While grammar is obviously not these objectors' strong suit, their point remains (kind of) valid. The one of the key functions of a tank - after all - is to kill people who get in its way.
However, a lot of people have also defended The People's Champ's post. To be fair, he didn't ask these guys to name a tank after him and it would be a more damaging PR move to tell them to fuck off.
One defender said: "Sorry you're receiving backlash over this post. Some people regardless what is going on with our country an [sic] culture etc. Will never know the meaning of respect to our troops and all they do for our country."
Another said: "These people who are unfollowing you will be happy 1 day when this might save their lives. Such a great honor war or not."
On the one hand, war is bad. On the other hand, who wouldn't want a tank named after them?