Former WWE star, John Cena, should learn to keep his trap shut about foreign relations after his latest social media fail.
Cena felt the need to promote his new HBO Max show with a tweet about the Russian invasion of Ukraine hours after the siege began.
“If I could somehow summon the powers of a real life #Peacemaker, I think this would be a great time to do so,” he wrote in reference to his new show.
Cena’s character Peacemaker, who is so committed to peace that he’ll use extremely violent means to make it happen, got his own show following an appearance in 2021 DC flick “The Suicide Squad.”
The actor was widely panned by his 13 million followers for the poorly-timed and highly insensitive tweet. “Bad time to promote a f–king tv show. Please delete this. People are dying,” wrote one angry commenter.
“A bit tone deaf @JohnCena,” another replied. “Please delete. From a conversation I’m in: Families have literally been blown to pieces in Ukraine Meanwhile Cena, “I AM A COMIC BOOK ACTOR, IF MY CHARACTER WAS REAL, I WOULD STOP IT FROM HAPPENING.”
“John, this is in poor taste. Also your character is not the good guy,” added a fan.
This is not the first time that Cena’s caused an international controversy. While promoting the latest installment of the “Fast & The Furious” franchise last May, Cena apologized to communist China after labeling Taiwan as a country, rather than a territory of the CCP, as they claim.
Cena said “Taiwan is the first country that can watch F9,” while speaking Mandarin in an interview with a Taiwanese network. When Chinese officials and social media users considered boycotting the film, he issued an apology.
“Hi China, I’m John Cena. I’m in the middle of Fast and Furious 9 promotions. I’m doing a lot of interviews. I made a mistake in one of my interviews,” he said in a pandering social media post.
“I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I apologize, I’m very sorry,” he continued. “You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies.”