Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s big moment as a superhero is getting closer…well, kind of. We have a bit of a longer wait until we finally see it, but he’s talking about it while promoting his upcoming movie Jungle Cruise.
Johnson’s next film, Black Adam, is debuting in July 2022. The film was originally scheduled for release in December 2021, but was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Speaking of COVID-19, Johnson and his family had their own scare when they contracted the diseases caused by the coronavirus.
“It was very scary,” Johnson told The Hollywood Reporter for its latest cover story featuring the 49-year-old actor and Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt, noting he experienced mild symptoms. “I couldn’t control it, because then the nanny took it home to her family. And then the housekeeper took it home to her family, and they were a little older there. And you don’t want to be the fire starter that then causes all this bedlam and fear. But luckily we all got through it, thank God.ml
Johnson also spoke about the decision to film the upcoming DC Comics flick in Georgia, which has had its share of controversy due to after the passing of voter suppression bill SB202. Ryan Coogler, who is helming Black Panther 2, has spoken on his decision not to boycott the state, as well.
“Right as we were kicking off our production, that was going down,” Johnson said. “You start to feel pressure from a lot of different sides that you should stand up for something and you should leave if you don’t agree with the voting laws. I was adamant and clear that Black Adam was not going anywhere. We had committed to the state of Georgia and to the people here in Georgia. And this is a place that we had filmed multiple movies over the years. And when you commit to our hardworking locals and their families, the last thing you want to do is just pick up and move. So we weren’t going anywhere. We [the film’s producers] had the conversation. It was heated for about a week.”
“That’s a wrap on BLACK ADAM⚡️ Incredible journey,” Johnson tweeted on Friday. “Hardest undertaking of my entire career physically & mentally. Worth every second. Boundless gratitude to my 1,000+ crew members, actors and director, Jaume Collet-Serra. The hierarchy of power in DC Universe is changing.”
Oh and by the way, Johnson did speak on that ongoing feud saga that seemed to have as many chapters as the Fast & Furious franchise, with Tyrese confirming in June that his apparent feud with Johnson was squashed. Johnson specifically touched on Vin Diesel’s claim that the feud boiled down to giving Johnson “tough love” in order to inspire his best performance.
“I laughed and I laughed hard,” Johnson told THR. “I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”
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Thanks to white privilege, another white woman who assaulted a Black woman is getting grace that they don’t deserve. When Trump supporters stormed the state capitol in Washington D.C after he claimed the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, an activist named Keren Prescott went to the capitol to protest as well. As she yelled “Black lives matter,” she claimed that a white woman named Yuliya Gishteyn responded, “All lives matter,” and this led to a verbal dispute. Prescott then told Gishteyn to socially distance because she wasn’t wearing a mask. Gishteyn then spit in her face, which was caught on video.
Gishteyn was charged with deprivation of rights, third-degree criminal attempt to commit assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child, the Associated Press reported. In court on July 21, she was only ordered to enroll in a special program for first time offenders. Gishteyn will have two years to complete 100 hours of anti-hate courses and she will have a clear criminal record once the courses are completed. Gishteyn apologized to Prescott while in court and said that her actions were “completely out of character.”
Prescott told the Hartford Courant that white privilege affected the way this whole situation was handled from the moment police officers intervened while at the state capitol.
“When she attacked me, and the police didn’t believe me, that was white privilege,” she said. “When the police held me back, and she was led away, that was white privilege…The fact she was in here today and didn’t even get a slap on the wrist, that is white privilege.”https://www.instagram.com/p/CRmm5TXA4bz/embed/captioned?cr=1&v=12
Yuliya Gishteyn is now added to the long list of names of folks who committed hate crimes and violent acts towards Black women who don’t get prosecuted fairly. Whites and even other races get the bare minimum of consequences, if anything at all, when it comes to being disciplined regarding a crime against Black women. Most recently, former officer Brett Hankison didn’t face any charges after it was found that he killed Breonna Taylor when he and other officers executed a no-knock warrant on her home while looking for her ex-boyfriend who didn’t live there. We can even go back to 1991, when Soon Da Ju shot 15-year-old Latasha Harlins in the back of the head after a dispute over a $1.79 bottle of orange juice and wasn’t sentenced to any jail time.
Black people are also more likely to be sentenced harshly in court, so we can’t help but wonder what Prescott’s sentence would have been if the tables were turned.