In a somber and impassioned video, The Rock asked the question on many Americans’ minds: “Where is our leader?“
Johnson is famously apolitical and inclusive in his public statements, so his 8-minute commentary on leadership is a rare break from his usual messages to fans. He asks:
Where are you? Where is our leader at this time? At this time when our country is down on its knees begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out just wanting to be heard. Begging and pleading and praying for change. Where are you? Where is our compassionate leader who is going to step up to our country who is down on its knees and extend a hand and say ‘You stand up. Stand up with me. Stand up with me, because I’ve got you. I’ve got you. I’ve got you, I hear you, I’m listening to you and you have my word that I’m going to do everything in my power, till my dying day, to my last breath to do everything I can to create the change that’s needed, to normalize equality because Black Lives Matter.’ Where are you?
This is an important message because his fan base is as diverse as America is. He can reach those who might not listen to his words coming from someone else.
Like most Americans, I’m not a politician and I’ve never, clearly, been elected to office. And I am not the President of the United States. But I am a man and a father who cares so deeply about my children and the world that they will live in. I care so deeply about our country and every single person in it, that’s who I am.
He calls on all Americans to think like leaders:
You can feel it across our country, change is happening. It’s going to take time. We’re going to get beat up, we’re going to take our lumps, there’s going to be blood, but the process of change has already begun. You guys stay strong. We’ve got this.
Image: Twitter / The Rock