Vegan Athlete Dominick Thompson Urges The Rock to Show Compassion to Animals

Yesterday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a photo of himself sitting atop an adult alligator, flexing his muscles while clenching the animal’s jaws shut. Dominick Thompson, a vegan advocate, athlete, influencer, and entrepreneur, reposted the image with a few choice words about The Rock’s poor decision to post this image.

“Simply put, a man in your powerful position displaying harm to any animal, predator or not, is dangerous and honestly irresponsible to promote on so many levels,” Thompson wrote. He called Johnson out for not only taking advantage of an animal but for his negligence in posting the image and promoting the behavior to his 102 million followers on Instagram. To many, the image may appear to show strength and masculinity. The Rock is undoubtedly a fit individual, and his tattooed, bulging muscles are prominently displayed in the image. He is projecting an illusion, according to Thompson. He is supporting the false idea that it takes dominance to be a man.

“Clearly the alligator you are sitting on comfortably is at a disadvantage because it’s in a controlled environment and has what appears to be handlers nearby, more than likely drugged him or have done something to make him more submissive to the position you have him in for this promo shot,” Thompson noted.

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@therock: For the most part, from what I know and have seen over the years, you seem like an incredible person and a solid guy who inspires millions and millions of people around the world. In fact, I follow you because I admired what you have done with your career and what you continue to do for charity, your fans, the troubled youth and much more. Generally speaking, you are a inspiring role model for men, women and children. Just how many? I’m sure you know the numbers but let me remind you that you have an influence on 102 million people on Instagram alone. 102 million. Yeah, that’s an incredible number of people to have access to, brother. It is also a dangerous number to have access to. So, what you post online will surely have an impact on someone, somewhere, regardless such as the image above you posted yesterday. I have to tell you personally I’m not surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised at all. Clearly the alligator you are sitting on comfortably is at a disadvantage because it’s in a controlled environment and has what appears to be handlers nearby, more than likely drugged him or have done something to make him more submissive to the position you have him in for this promo shot. Regardless of the circumstances, this wasn’t necessary to “research” for a movie role in “Rampage”. It also was irresponsible to post online to 102 million people you have an influence on. I can only imagine out of the 102 million followers, how many are young men and kids, thinking to themselves this is masculine and cool to do themselves if they can get the opportunity to do so. Simply put, a man in your powerful position displaying harm to any animal, predator or not, is dangerous and honestly irresponsible to promote on so many levels. You are the “people’s champ” and let me tell you this champ: champions don’t harm animals. They protect them. Consider that thought brother next time you decide to promote harm to an animal or contribute to an industry destroying over 50 billion farmed animals per year. If you are in doubt you will lose your size or masculinity, come hang with me. I can eat and lift just as much as you. Except, I’m vegan.

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In an interview about his post, Thompson told LIVEKINDLY, “It’s all about redefining masculinity through veganism. Masculinity is someone that organically and without hesitation does what they can to do no harm. It’s about protecting those vulnerable and innocent and standing proudly and speaking out against those who are oppressing exploiting or trying to destroy an innocent animal or life form.”

Thompson said that he follows Johnson on Instagram, as he admires him for the challenges the actor has faced throughout his life. He saw the post and knew he had to follow his own advice and speak up. Thompson concluded his message with a few respectful words of advice.

“You are the ‘people’s champ’ and let me tell you this champ: champions don’t harm animals. They protect them. Consider that thought brother next time you decide to promote harm to an animal or contribute to an industry destroying over 50 billion farmed animals per year. If you are in doubt you will lose your size or masculinity, come hang with me. I can eat and lift just as much as you. Except, I’m vegan.”

Johnson has not yet responded to his post’s backfire, but Thompson’s message has received nearly 12.8 thousand likes and 2.5 thousand comments since press time. Thompson also noted that his Direct Message app has overflooded with support from the vegan community.

To learn more about Thompson’s advocacy, follow him on Instagram.


Image Credit: The Rock