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Dwayne Johnson’s Response to #Waxgate, A Controversy in Paris

Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. “The Rock,” is without a doubt one of the most well-known faces in the world of celebrities.

He is a global icon because of how well-known he is across all boundaries and cultures. But recently, a wax replica of Dwayne Johnson rather than the real one was the one making the news.

#Waxgate: Accusations of “White Washing”

The Musée Grévin, a well-known museum in Paris known for its collection of wax figures depicting famous people, unveiled their most recent creation last week: a wax figure of Dwayne Johnson. However, this seemingly innocent reveal sparked quite a controversy.

The controversy was not caused by the figure’s attire or the precision with which Johnson raised his trademark eyebrow.

It all came down to the color of his skin. Many critics questioned whether the wax figure accurately represented Dwayne Johnson because it had lighter skin than the actor.

The museum soon found itself at the center of a social media storm. Accusations of “white washing” the figure flooded the internet, with some claiming the statue had a “melanin deficiency.”

As the controversy gained momentum, Dwayne Johnson himself stepped into the spotlight.

Dwayne Johnson Responds

The entire world pays attention when Dwayne Johnson speaks. He responded to the controversy in a way that displayed his distinctive humor.

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson

It was obvious that Johnson had been paying close attention because he shared a video of comedian James Andre Jefferson making fun of the wax replica.

In the video, Jefferson humorously asks, “‘Is this how y’all felt when you lost the Little Mermaid?'” Johnson couldn’t help but add a laughing emoji to his caption.

The Inside Scoop

Nevertheless, Johnson promised action in addition to humor. In his post, he declared, “For the record, I am going to have my team reach out to our friends at Grevin Museum, in Paris France, so we can work on ‘updating’ my wax figure here with some crucial details and improvements—starting with my skin tone.”

Although Dwayne Johnson’s response to the wax figure controversy has been well received by fans, it is important to comprehend how these figures are made.

The museum’s website claims that in order to make a statue that was as true to life as possible without the presence of the international celebrity, sculptor Stéphane Barret had to rely on photographs and videos. 

The fact that Dwayne Johnson can handle a delicate subject with grace and humor is evidence of why he is so adored by people all over the world.

He is a global icon who understands the importance of truthful portrayals and the requirement for appropriate representation in the arts.

And even though it is possible that more wax replicas of him will be created in the future, it is safe to say that the next one will be well worth the wait.

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