Dwayne Johnson Deletes Daughter’s Swimming Photo After Backlash

By Zachary Stieber

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson removed a picture showing his daughter near a swimming pool after a backlash over a key aspect of the picture.

Johnson, an actor who has appeared in dozens of movies, was in the picture with his daughter, Jasmine, 3. Johnson was in the water with his arms stretched out while Jasmine looked like she was preparing to jump into the water; the actor wrote in a caption accompanying the picture that she was conquering her fears.

But some commenters noted the girl wasn’t wearing a bathing suit or any other clothes in the picture.

“Why is she naked though?” wrote one person in the comments section, according to Yahoo. “I love the Rock but this pic isn’t necessary for social media. They made bathing suits for a reason,” said another.

Dwayne Johnson at premiere of film
Dwayne Johnson attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Rampage” in Los Angeles, on April 4, 2018. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Some suggested Johnson not post pictures of his children without clothes on.

“I’d never post a pic of my child naked in a pool on social media…I understand the message that is being conveyed but there are some messed up people out there,” one commenter told him.

On the other hand, the picture earned more than 2.9 million “likes” before Johnson deleted it off his Instagram feed, according to Yahoo.

And some users defended the action star.

Dwayne Johnson, his wife Lauren Hashian, and daughter Jasmine pose on his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is unveiled in Hollywood, California on December 13, 2017. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

“Glad to know my kid isn’t the only one that doesn’t wear a suit in the pool,” one person wrote, reported Good Housekeeping. “She’s a child, his child, not yours. If you don’t like what he posts unfollow him,” said another.

People commenting after the picture was deleted had different opinions.

“Unfortunately the critics have a point. Totally understand that it was innocent. Totally understand that in some cultures, this is the norm. But to broadcast it on social media in today’s world? Not a good idea,” one person wrote in the comments section of the Yahoo article.

“Give me a break! When my son was 3 he not only swam naked, but he spent a great deal of time running around the house naked,” another person wrote. “He just didn’t like to wear clothes so it was often a battle that I didn’t take up when we were in a safe environment, like our home pool or house. It is so sad that kids can’t be kids, that people are so judgemental.”

Floating in a swimming pool
Floating in a swimming pool. (Bárbara Montavon/Unsplash)

Another said it was sad so many people had taken the time to criticize Johnson when he was just enjoying time with his little girl.

“Think about it for a second, thousands of people are placing their energy towards a photo posted by a Father having a wonderful time with his daughter. Think about that, they are spending time and energy criticizing a stranger living his life,” said one in the comments section. They added: “That is what these people are doing with their own life. And they are crying over a child with her obviously loving and caring Father. This is how sad and PC this generation is.”

“You can literally post a picture of a rock and people will complain now,” added another, while yet another wrote:  “Social media … I’m having a hard time thinking about any noteworthy contributions to humanity emanating from it.”