Actor Dwayne johnson is known to have a heart of gold.
Last week, the ‘Jungle Cruise’ actor spent time dealing with a 5-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) – an inoperable type of brain tumor. In November, The Rock became Dwanta Claus for a fan when he gifted a humble Navy veteran his own custom private truck.
That’s why many were surprised to learn that Johnson was actually a close friend of the Amazon founder. Jeff Bezos. Bezos has been frequently criticized for being “deaf” and out of touch, including in early December when a tornado ripped through an Amazon warehouse northeast of St. Louis, claiming the lives of several workers.
Although people expected Bezos to make some sort of statement, he posted a photo of himself smiling with his Blue Origin team and made no mention of the dead and injured workers, which drew criticism from his supporters.
“How deaf is @jeffbezos to post something like this when people died in one of his warehouses?” one person commented. “Shameful.”
That’s why many were surprised to wake up to a very touching birthday tribute to Johnson’s Bezos early Thursday morning.
Dwayne Johnson wishes ‘good man’ Jeff Bezos a happy birthday
The American entrepreneur celebrated his 58th birthdayand birthday on January 12, 1964. The next morning, Johnson posted a black-and-white photo of them walking together with their backs to the camera.
“Happy birthday to my tequila and ohana buddy @jeffbezos,” he wrote.
“As an entrepreneur, I can tell you he has all the tools to run a successful business one day,” he continued. “But he just needs to find a delivery system that meets consumer needs.”
“He’s a good man and a good shot,” he added. “A very kind soul, big laughs with a big heart ~ what matters. HBD!”
He concluded the post with the hashtag #hardestworkersintheroom.
Fans express surprise at the positive message
Although some fans commented with fire emojis, some fans were surprised to see Johnson supporting such a controversial character.
“Noooo from all the people to really support him!” one fan wrote alongside three teary emojis.
“For real he abuses all the staff at Amazon and people love him,” another fan noted.
“Rock don’t make us hate ya,” another fan wrote.
“He… partied while his employees died,” another fan noted.
“Bruh is Lex Luthor in the making,” another fan pointed out. “You can’t side with the bad guy.”
“Good men with caring souls (and a ton of money) pay their employees more,” wrote another.
“I’m a DJ fan but this friendship is so strange to me because Rock comes across as the man of the people but he’s friends with a man whose treatment of his warehouse workers borders on abuse,” shared another.
“You are a bad judge of character if you think Mr. Bozo is a good man with a good soul,” another wrote.
“@therock mate, Bezos is not a good human being at all!” another commented. “Have you heard of the conditions under which Amazon workers have to work? How much tax does this man pay in relation to his income? Come on, man, you’re better than that.
Bezos presents Dwayne Johnson with the People’s Champion Award
In early December, Jeff Bezos presented Johnson with the People’s Champion Award at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards. After the event wrapped, Johnson posted several photos to his Instagram of him celebrating with Bezos and lauren sanchez.
“Awesome @teremana toast with our ohana @jeffbezos & @laurenwsanchez,” he captioned the snaps.
“‘For adventure, brotherhood and our champion of the people’ ~ Jeff,” he added.
“Thank you, bro, for the toast and for the incredibly effusive words you spoke on my behalf on stage ~ and most importantly for being one hell of a drinking buddy,” he wrote.
Lauren Sanchez posts her own sweet tribute to Jeff Bezos
On Wednesday, Sanchez paid tribute to Jeff Bezos with an Instagram video showcasing all of his partner’s life milestones.
“If I had one wish for you on this 58th orbit of the sun, it would be for the world to see you through my eyes,” she wrote. “Yes, everyone knows you’re brilliant, but they don’t always see your heart like my eyes.”
“They don’t see the man who puts everything aside to help a sick friend, but my eyes do,” she continued. “They don’t see the man who gets up early every morning to cook the kids breakfast so they can laugh and talk about life and science and how to make this world a better place – my eyes yes. They don’t don’t see the man who wants everyone to feel joy, whose heart is immeasurable and whose capacity to love is infinite.
“My eyes see that,” she concluded. “Happy birthday mi vida. I wake up every day excited to love you.