To be a candy ass, or not to be a candy ass?
Well, they don’t call this franchise The Slow and the Friendly. The Fast & Furious family has been rocked by several miniature scandals over the course of the past few movies: Dwayne Johnson’s feud with a noted “candy ass”__ who may or may not have been Vin Diesel (but probably was); Michelle Rodriguez threatening to leave because of how Fast treats its female characters; and now, Tyrese Gibson, who spent a good chunk of his October tossing rocks at Johnson himself. This week, however, brings good news: Tyrese has finally settled his beef—for now. We think.
Last month, Gibson lashed out at Johnson, calling his co-star a “clown” after the announcement of a Fast spin-off that wound center on Johnson’s character, Hobbs, and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. The news came on the heels of the announcement that the next Fast ensemble film has been delayed until 2020; the spin-off, however, will debut in 2019. Meanwhile, Gibson is in the midst of a custody battle for his daughter, whose mother—Gibson’s ex-wife—alleges child abuse. (Gibson denies the claims.)
After threatening to leave Fast 9 if Johnson is involved in the film, it seems Gibson’s position on the matter has softened. Just look at this Instagram post, published Thursday.
Want you guys to know I️ had a real Heart to Heart with one of Dewayne’s associates and this will be my last post about him…….. I️ repeat my last…. I️ respect the associate who called.. My story will never change I️ was never DJ’s Co-Star… I’m Shayla’s Father first…. Justin Lin is back in the driver seat that’s exciting cause it going to feel like the true #FastFamily all over again….. When we see Justin we see Paul…..
It would seem that Gibson and Johnson are good—for now, at least. Although it also seems prudent to point out that Gibson said he respects “the associate who called” on Johnson’s behalf, not Johnson himself—and also, that he spelled Johnson’s first name “Dewayne,” as he has for ages in multiple posts, even though he probably knows how to spell “Dwayne” after working with the guy for more than half a decade.
This latest tiff has nothing, really, on the Great Candy-Ass Feud of 2016, which began with a colorful Instagram post from Johnson that started a flurry of speculation as the whole Internet tried to figure out who the hell he’d just called, among other things, a candy-ass chicken shit. The post has since been removed, but its caption read, in part, as follows:
“This is my final week of shooting #FastandFurious8. There’s no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. UNIVERSAL has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love ‘em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right.”
At the time Johnson first wrote his post, many assumed he was speaking primarily about a single candy ass—so when fingers eventually pointed toward Vin Diesel, some called the mystery solved. But what if there was actually a second candy ass all along? Last year, Gibson posted a video of Johnson singing to his daughter on her birthday on Instagram. In the caption, he denied that he was or even could be the chicken shit in question, writing, “A man wouldn’t be singing from his heart and soul to another mans little angel if he had a problem with her dad – Does any of us know why bro decided to jump out there with his post? No……”
Gibson added, “I will humbly say this I’m personally not doing this for anyone but my brother Paul Walker – this franchise is not about and has never been about any one of us individually it’s about the #FASTFAMILY – the TRIBE.”
That “we’re all in this together” mentality seems to be what fueled Gibson’s verbal attack on Johnson in October. He and other Fast stars, he noted, had also been offered a spin-off—but they had refused the deal.
Since then, it’s been a veritable feast of pettiness from Gibson—he’s done everything from cropping Johnson out of a photo and calling him “the real candy ass,” to threatening to leave Fast 9 altogether. Now, however, it seems that Gibson is ready to bury the hatchet—although given all of the “family” drama we’ve seen play out on Instagram, we’re guessing it might be a shallow grave.