The actor Dwayne Johnson is of mixed heritage.
Unfortunately for him, his strategic decision to portray racially ambiguous or non-black characters on screen have seen his plans to portray the iconic African-American character John Henry met with a wave of confusion.
Henry is said to have been a real African-American man who became a folklore legend after his passing around 1900.
Why? His unparalleled wisdom and superhuman strength.
Keen to honour him? Dwayne Johnson. However, his sudden eagerness to portray a black man on screen has puzzled the general public.
Their thoughts and feelings below…
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.
— Rising Pupil (@risingpupil) October 9, 2018
So @TheRock , who has never come out and spoken on behalf of issues affecting black men, decides to cast himself as dark skinned folk hero John Henry after playing a slue of ethnically ambiguous characters. What a joke.
— Shady McGrady (@downtheline18) October 10, 2018
The Rock has been racially ambiguous, often complete with non-Black children, in every film I’ve seen him in.
This John Henry casting is perplexing.
— 35 Savage (@PricklyPundit) October 10, 2018
My thoughts The Rock/John Henry:
I’ve never questioned The Rock’s blackness (and certainly not because of his biraciality). HOWEVER, The Rock has taken great pains to not play Black characters on screen. His roles always read racially ambiguous (more off-white)…
— K.Elizabeth AKA Cleopatra Jones Jr. (@theKelizabeth82) October 10, 2018
It’s sad when mixed ppl are the public faces of ethnic or racial identity. John Henry was a Very black man, a descendant of slaves during a unique time, the era of sharecroppers. The choice to cast a racially ambiguous lightskinned woman as Storm was wrong and so is this!!💡 https://t.co/cr5ptnuCw9
— Best Hot Mess (@rlly_james_smh) October 10, 2018
I have only one issue with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing John Henry. He never seems to embrace his African American heritage. He is quick to tell people that he is Samoan and a lot of his more recent movies follow suit.
— Jarvis (@JarvisUnchained) October 11, 2018