Virginia made headlines nationwide last week during a series of political scandals involving the state’s governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, but one celebrity gave the Commonwealth a shout-out over something more positive.
Actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson called Virginia “my home for years now” in a Wednesday tweet. The star owns a farm near Charlottesville, and said the horses he keeps “love when I step in the ‘gifts’ they leave me daily.”
“Correction…” he added. “Almost step in their gifts. #bigbaldbrowncowboy”
Tweets from as far back as 2011 show Johnson representing the University of Virginia as he leaves his farm, and an Instagram video from 2017 shows him meeting with fans.
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When I come back home to my farm in Virginia to recharge, I have to go to a public gym to train (I'm building a gym on my property) and try to get in and out as fast as possible without drawing a crowd. While working out, I tell people no pictures I just want to train and a handshake will have to do. Then as I'm pulling out of the parking lot I see all these women briskly walking to my truck with eyes wide… I shift gears to drive off and see them in the rearview waving at me saying "come back".. I start loudly cussing at myself "SUM BITCH" in the truck because I know what's next..I can't ever drive away when I see women or kids. I back up. She starts crying and starts singing my favorite Taylor Swift song. I make a joke about the great moonshine we have in Virginia. We take selfies. They share really amazing thoughts with me about why they're big fans and I drive away feeling like the luckiest SOB on the planet to meet such amazing fans. This kinda stuff will always be the best part of fame. Tears and all. #ParkingLotLuv #IAlmostGotAway #GreatestFansInTheWorld #OneBigBrownBaldLuckySOB
Twitter users responded…by asking the star to take over as governor.
“FINALLY…@TheRock has come BACK…to Vir-gin-iaaaa!” Twitter user @Neelt2001 said. “If you smellllll what Governor Johnson…is cooking!!”
“I think he’s actually somewhere in the line of succession rn,” Twitter user @ianmcnally said.