The Rock Sets The Record Straight About His Race

Dwayane ‘The Rock’ Johnson

The Rock Sets The Record Straight About His Race

Former wrestler/actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has managed to have an incredibly successful career on both the big and small screen. However, it appears that many fans are still a bit puzzled as to what his racial identity actually is—or at least what he identifies as.

It seems that every time you turn around Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has another movie hitting theaters, easily making him one of the busiest actors in Hollywood whose films have collectively grossed over a billion dollars at the box-office.

Dwayne Johnson

Interestingly, The Rock still finds himself having to answer questions, make corrections and be very clear regarding his racial makeup—despite his enormous success. On his Twitter account, a user tweeted about The Rock’s race in relation to his prior WWE victories.

The Twitter user wrote:

“Cool, he identifies as Samoan in WWE and was booked that way after Nation days. Was never booked, proclaimed, or titled as First black champion. And hardcore wrestling fans don’t name him as such as well. Thus nobody calls him a black champion. Anoa’i family background angle”

This caused The Rock to respond with a clarification and correction to ensure that there is no future confusion of his race:

“Glad I came across this and I’ll give you guys some context & truth. I identify as exactly what I am – both. Equally proud. Black/Samoan. And my friend, let me expand your thoughts a bit here – I transcended race in wrestling so there was no “booked that way”. Thx guys”

In a 2017 interview with GQ magazine, The Rock revealed that most white people often mistake his race for being someone of Greek descent. This is also largely due to the fact that in many of his movies his racial identity is ambiguous to say the least.

Nevertheless, The Rock has made it clear from the beginning of his career what his heritage is—and that he is very proud of it.

What did you think of The Rock’s explanation about his race? Let us know in the comments!

Authored by: Danielle Jennings