'It's important to be nice': Dwayne Johnson urges compassion in MTV awards speech

the Guardian | 6/18/2019 | Staff
Dwayne Johnson told fans of the power of compassion and “being ourselves” while accepting a top honour at the MTV Movie and TV awards.

“The most powerful thing we can be is ourselves,” said Johnson on receiving the icon generation award, given to actors who have had a positive impact on society. “When I first got to Hollywood, they didn’t know what the **** to do with me. I was a half black, half Samoan, six-foot-four, 275-pound pro wrestler.

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“I was told you’ve got to be a certain way, you’ve got to drop some weight, you’ve got to be somebody different. For years I bought into it because you think, ‘Oh, that’s what I’m supposed to do’ and I was miserable. I made a choice that I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was going to conform to me.”

Inclusivity and celebration were the themes of the night. Brie Larson, who won the best fight award for Captain Marvel, brought her stunt doubles, Joanna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker, on stage for recognition. “They are the living embodiment of Captain Marvel,” Larson said as she stepped aside to let the women give speeches.

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The show included a skit on which host Zachary Levi starred in a comedic take on Jordan Peele’s Us. Levi urged viewers to nurture the kid in themselves and follow their dreams into adulthood.

Lana Condor, accepting the best kiss award with her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before co-star Noah Centineo, delivered a similarly thoughtful message: “Kiss who you want to kiss. Love who you want to love, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

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Daniel Levy shared a similar sentiment after winning the best comedic performance award for Schitt’s Creek. “If I’ve taken anything away from making Schitt’s Creek, it’s that kindness always wins, and love is best...
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