A new wax statue of the Rock at the Grevin Museum in Paris has recently faced controversy for butchering Johnsons skin tone.
A new wax statue of the Rock at the Grevin Museum in Paris has recently faced controversy for butchering Johnson’s skin tone.
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Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s wax statue faces controversy

Dwayne Johnson, more commonly known as “the Rock”, is known for his impressive WWE wrestling career and work as an actor in over seventy action movies. On October 16th, 2023, a wax statue was revealed at Musee Grevin, a museum in Paris, to commemorate his accomplishments. Upon the unveiling, the figure was met with intense backlash from the public for its inaccurate depiction of the Rock’s skin tone.

The statue received complaints on all social media platforms for giving the Rock a much lighter skin tone than reality. Because of his half-Black and half-Samoan ancestry, the figurine inaccurately portrayed the Rock’s heritage. The Internet even mocked the statue for looking like Mr. Clean. Even Johnson responded by reposting a humorous Instagram video from James Jefferson, who said, “It looks like the Rock has never seen the light of day”. The Rock himself stated that the Grevin Museum will be “working at ‘updating’ my wax figure with some important details and improvements- starting with my skin color.”


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Fortunately, the Paris museum was understanding of the complaints and is already in the process of working to adjust the statue’s skin color, according to the Grévin Museum’s Instagram story. The museum is famous for its realistic wax depictions of celebrities, and this backlash has certainly hindered its credibility. In another instance, their statue of Naomi Cambell also faced criticism for inaccurately portraying the celebrity.

The wax depiction of Naomi Cambell did not do the supermodel justice, as people claimed the rendition to be a nightmare. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The process of creating these wax statues can be extremely time-consuming and difficult, as each aspect must be met with meticulous detail to ensure that the figure looks realistic. Even the Rock’s tattoos took ten days to replicate, and his eyes had to be redone three times. Overall, the creation of these statues can take at least six months to complete, and the process is expensive, ranging from about $60-70,000 per statue.

Side-by-side comparisons effectively depict the difference in skin tone between the Rock and his wax statue. (Photo Credit: MENAFN)

Still, corrections to Dwayne Johnson’s statue are necessary. Because race is such an incredibly important part of one’s personal identity, it is important that people take pride in it. Therefore, it is truly essential that the museum makes corrections to highlight this distinct feature of the Rock. Some images of the new and improved statue have been leaked, and people are hopeful that the statue will be completed soon.


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