Dwayne Ã¢â‚¬Å“The RockÃ¢â‚¬Â JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popularity has landed him a new recognition that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty pumped about. Many of his fans, however, are upset.
Over the weekend the actor shared the news that a tank in the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss has been named after him. According to the localÃ‚Â El Paso Times, the name was selected by soldiers for theÃ‚Â Blackhawk Squadron, who last year named another tank Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dropped as a Baby.Ã¢â‚¬Â
News of the new tankÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s moniker got back to Johnson, who shared his Ã¢â‚¬Å“salute of respect and gratitudeÃ¢â‚¬Â over the honour.
The proud and Ã¢â‚¬Å“grateful to the boneÃ¢â‚¬Â star had nothing but good things to say about the tank, which he called Ã¢â‚¬Å“heavy-duty, bad-a**, sexy AF and built to take care of business.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And while plenty of his followers were equally impressed, some didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it was an honor worth celebrating.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Having a death machine named after [you] seems cool until itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s used against beings that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t truly deserve it,Ã¢â‚¬Â read one comment. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think they should name a few nukes after you and really get you excited. Maybe they will make a new gun modeled and named after you that can one day be used against innocents. Or maybe just the bullets. Gosh, so many death machines out there, you must be stoked.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wow Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ getting your name on a kill machine,Ã¢â‚¬Â another person wrote.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Those poor people in some random oil-rich country ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gonna know whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hit Ã¢â‚¬â„¢em,Ã¢â‚¬Â added a commenter.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re obviously not stupid to know what you are representing or what this machine would do and to who Ã¢â‚¬â€ unfollow!Ã¢â‚¬Â a disappointed follower chastised the star.
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Ã¢â‚¬Å“How are you OK with people getting killed with your name?Ã¢â‚¬Â a critic asked, while another wrote, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not sure having a destructive weapon named after you is such a great honor.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You were one of my favorite actors,Ã¢â‚¬Â a fan added. Ã¢â‚¬Å“So disappointed now seeing this. We keep making [these] machines to kill people and you are proud one of them has your name Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ wow.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Some commenters also found the post to be in bad taste following FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s terrorist attack at two New Zealand mosques, in which 49 people were killed.
Johnson hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t responded to the backlash. In the meantime, the 1st Armored Division has issued an invite for him to visit Texas and personally ride in his namesake tank.
Reporting byÃ‚Â Erin Donnelly, Yahoo Celebrity US