Earlier this month, Paris’s Musée Grévin unveiled a wax figure of Dwayne Johnson. There’s one big difference between the wax Johnson and the real thing, and it’s substantial enough that you might not realize the wax figure is intended to be a replica of Johnson unless you saw a caption. The skin color of the wax figure is several shades lighter than its inspiration. Johnson’s father is Black and his mother is Samoan, but the wax version looks like an emissary from a parallel universe where Dwayne Johnson is a white guy.
If you find that concept unsettling, you’re not alone, as we too think it’s disturbing. Turns out the actual Dwayne Johnson is less than thrilled with his wax quasi-doppelgänger. As James Hibberd writes at The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson recently took to social media to explain that, yes, he was aware of the wax figure — and no, he wasn’t happy about it.
“For the record, I’m going to have my team reach out to our friends at Grevin Museum, in Paris France 🇫🇷 so we can work at ‘updating’ my wax figure here with some important details and improvements- starting with my skin color.” Johnson wrote.
Johnson also cited comedian James Andre Jefferson Jr.’s comments on the wax figure, which includes the memorable — and accurate — observation that the artist was evidently “trying to make The Rock look like he’s David Beckham.”
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Johnson did sound optiomistic about the outcome of his discussions with the museum. “[N]ext time I’m in Paris, I’ll stop in and have a drink with myself,” he wrote. One wonders what the duo might opt to imbibe.
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