Dwayne Johnson Under Fire for Posting Daughter’s Swimming Photo

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
June 11, 2019 Updated: June 25, 2019

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was criticized this week after posting a photo of his daughter swimming.

According to Good Housekeeping and Yahoo, the “Fast & Furious” star was forced to delete the picture.

It had shown Johnson with his daughter, Jasmine, who was standing near the water, and he included a caption about her conquering her fears. He was in the water with his arms stretched out.

However, commenters said that the 3-year-old girl wasn’t wearing a bathing suit in the photo.

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

Others said that Johnson should keep a photo like that off the internet and social media.

“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.

Before he took the photo down, more than 2.9 million “liked” it, according to Yahoo.

“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,” said one person in Yahoo’s comments section.

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Dwayne Johnson at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

But some people said that the criticism wasn’t warranted.

“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,” one person wrote in the Yahoo comments section. “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.”

Another person noted the absurdity of it all.

“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.”

And another stated that regarding social media itself, “Social media … I’m having a hard time thinking about any noteworthy contributions to humanity emanating from it.”

Said another, “You can literally post a picture of a rock and people will complain now.”

Another wrote, “The problem with innocence is that it’s rarely understood by those with tarnished minds.”

A Bigger Danger

The biggest danger when it comes to pools is accidental drowning, as it is the second-most common cause of death from children between the ages of 1 and 4.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating, moving through the water) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).”

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A stock photo of a swimming pool )AmaPrima_pool)

And also, a four-sided isolation fence with gates is necessary if children are present.

“This can help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool,” it says.

The agency also calls on parents to use life jackets.

“When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Because drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol or drugs,” it says.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.