UPDATE: In an Instagram video Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson denies the interview in which he quoted as saying "generation snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backward" ever took place. He said, "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."
WASHINGTON (SBG) - Former wrestler turned actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson thinks looking for ways to be offended gets in the way of progress, according to an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Star that was published Friday.
"We thankfully now live in a world that has progressed over the last 30 or 40 years," he said. "People can be who they want, be with who they want, and live how they want. That can only be a good thing—but generation snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backward."
Johnson suggested that part of living in a free country is accepting that not everyone is going to view the world in the same way.
"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," Johnson told the British tabloid newspaper. "That's democracy."
The host of NBC's "The Titan Games" argued that war heroes didn't fight for the right to be offended.
"So many good people fought for freedom and equality—but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended...If you are not agreeing with them then they are offended—and that is not what so many great men and women fought for," he added.
Johnson has expressed an interest in politics, stating in a 2017 GQ interview that he was considering running for president for the 2020 election. He later told Vanity Fair that he was taking that off the table this time around, citing his schedule and desire to gain more experience.
The former WWE star is a former registered Republican who switched to independent, according to Newsweek.