Professional wrestler and actor John Cena sparked backlash online after appearing to use the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine to promote a TV show.
Cena posted on social media that if he could become the titular hero persona “Peacemaker” from his HBO show, now would be the time to do so.
If I could somehow summon the powers of a real life #Peacemaker I think this would be a great time to do so,” Cena wrote. The post included a sponsored hashtag for the program, including a custom emoji of the hero’s mask.
Cena was immediately hounded on social media for the comment, which users described as “crazy,” “insensitive” and “cringeworthy.”
Peacemaker” is a television show on HBO Max following the adventures of the titular character – a brash and jingoistic soldier committed to propagating peace, even through the use of extreme violence.
ACEMAKER explores the continuing story of the character that John Cena reprises in the aftermath of executive producer James Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it!” HBO writes in its description of the show.