Last Sunday, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson managed to cause an uproar on the internet when he posted to his Instagram story who he was endorsing for president in the upcoming election (I won't say who because I don't want the message of this post will get lost).
The Rock has 199 million followers on Instagram. If you look at his comments section over the past few weeks, a typical post will get between 2,000-5,000 comments.
This one post had over 68,000 comments in just 8 hours. The Rock posted a photo a few hours after that of him working on a movie set. Most of the comments didn't have anything to do with his movie. They had to do with what he posted 8 hours earlier.
Most of the comments (that I saw at least) in both posts were of people that were fans and followers of his outraged because of his opinion.
"You just lost a fan"
"I just lost all respect for you"
And my personal favorite because I was such a big WWE fan growing up...."Sorry Rock...I don't smell what you're cooking."
So many people who have been fans and supporters of The Rock for so many years instantly turning their backs on him because of his opinion.
In his opinion, he didn't wish any ill will on anyone. There was nothing negative about his message. However, people acted as if he had committed a crime.
The people that are outraged simply had their ego hurt. They identify who they are based on who they're voting for. They are "right" and if you don't vote the same way then you're "wrong".
If The Rock doesn't vote for the same person as them, then clearly he is not like them. He can't relate to them. He is not one of "them". He is saying that they are "wrong".
In my last post, I referenced the "us" versus "them" mindset.
This example of The Rock's post is exactly what I'm talking about.
Those that commented on his post negatively have obviously been impacted positively by The Rock in some sort of way and likely are still positively impacted by him when he posts content, otherwise, they wouldn't follow him.
From here on out though, they miss out on everything that they love & respect about him because he isn't one of "us". He's with "them".
My hope is that as we're a little more than a month away from the election, that we all can be respectful of one another, love one another, and look out for one another despite the difference in opinions.
At the end of the day, no matter who wins, we're all in this life game together. Showing respect and understanding will make this game much easier and enjoyable for us all.
Much love & respect,