While the rest of the world is falling apart, Tyrese Gibson would like to remind you that he’s feuding with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson after the latter delayed the ninth Fast & Furious movie to do a spinoff. Although, that’s not entirely true, because a feud requires two active participants.
Tyrese spent much of last week fuming about the spinoff (which will come out in July 2019 and costar Jason Statham), putting the blame on Johnson for ostensibly destroying the “#FastFamily.” He posted a photo of the first movie in the series, The Fast and the Furious, which he himself was not even in; Vin Diesel got involved. It was a whole thing.
Diversity, love, multi ethnic worldwide multi generational, United Nations, One Race, Fast Family...... Until Dewayne showed up I guess this whole time he had a problem cause he wasn't the ONLY ONE on the movie poster........... I guess dreams do come true congratulations to @hhgarcia41 and @therock you guys are just amazing you really broke up the #FastFamily I tried to warn you guys... You thought I was hating...... I was simply fighting to keep the family together what makes us great is when you see us all TOGETHER we don't fly solo..... #MyLastPost today..... I got 3 years of venting on this clown - They offered but YOU didn't have to agree with a solo #HobbsMovie #OriginalFastFamily we salute you and stand on your shoulders #VinDiesel #PaulWalker #RobCohen #RomanTej were offered a spin off we TURNED IT DOWN!!!
But Johnson never really engaged, instead passive-aggressively posting a gaudy Instagram announcing the spinoff and intermittently using the hashtag #BigDogsEat.
Daddy’s gotta go back to work ~ Hobbs. Pumped to expand and build out the FAST & FURIOUS universe in a cool, exciting way with our @sevenbucksprod, writer/producer Chris Morgan, producer Hiram Garcia and lead producer and my bigger twin, Neil Moritz. Thank you UNIVERSAL STUDIOS for being tremendous partners who see the big picture and for coming to us years ago with this spinoff idea. Huge shout to my brother, Jason Statham for the trust and wanting to create and deliver something fresh and bad ass for the fans. I have a tremendous amount of respect for this franchise that I’ve enjoyed droppin’ blood and sweat in over the years and my vision is to create greater opportunities for not only my fellow FF cast mates, but for other amazing actors as well who want to be a part of something new and cool. I want to use my spinoff platform to create new characters that fans will ultimately love to have fun with in multiple chapters and platforms. Film, TV, Digital, Virtual Reality etc.. the more opportunities we can create the better for the fans. Smart business. Let’s have some FUN and to quote, Hobbs the boss, if you don’t like it, we’re happy to beat that ass like a Cherokee drum. #HOBBS #SevenBucksProds #NewOpportunities #CandyAssesNeedNotApply JULY 2019
That seems to have pushed Tyrese into a strange place, because Wednesday he posted a video on his account of Johnson trashing his 2015 album, Black Rose. To recap: Tyrese posted a video of Johnson making fun of Tyrese on his own Instagram. “Haters come in many forms,” Tyrese added in a caption.
The video, which was almost definitely not made in conjunction with this recent #FastFeud—Black Rose is from 2015, and in the video, Johnson refers to it as a “new album”—is amazing and seems like some kind of WWE-style kayfabe Tyrese made Johnson do to promote Black Rose. It’s “the biggest piece of dog shit that I have ever heard,” Johnson says with a near-smile before getting more specific. “Not even the hard, dried-up dog shit for seven days; it’s soft dog shit, like, baby shit.”
I think we need to take a step back and consider what this latest twist in the feud means. First of all, it probably means that Tyrese spent the entire week waiting for a specific response from Johnson to come. When it never did, instead of saying to himself, “OK, I guess this is simmering down, maybe I should go outside and walk a cheetah or something,” he opted to make it look like Johnson responded to him. And he did this by unearthing an unused promotional video that was apparently wasting away in the depths of his iPhone storage. (The video does not exist on either Tyrese or Johnson’s Instagrams. I know because I spent an ungodly amount of time scrolling back to early 2015.) I don’t know if that’s brilliant or deranged, but it’s clear that this thing is being fueled by one side only.
So, where do we go from here? If Johnson refuses to go after Gibson directly, and Gibson wants to keep making this a thing, maybe he’ll continue posting old videos of Johnson disparaging him? Do you think he has a vault? Maybe the Rock has rated all of Tyrese’s work on a scale of soft shit to hard shit. Anything is possible at this point.