“If I could somehow summon the powers of a real-life #Peacemaker I think this would be a great time to do so,” Cena tweeted.
If I could somehow summon the powers of a real life #Peacemaker I think this would be a great time to do so.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) February 24, 2022
Cena has often promoted his show Peacemaker, a character that appeared in director James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, using the hashtag along with an emoji signifying the character's helmet.
Just learned from the good folks at @hbomax that the #PEACEMAKER finale had the biggest single day performance for a Max Original series and was up 44% over the premiere episode! That is a F#CKLOAD of ✌️ and does not happen without ALL OF YOU! Truly grateful. Ready for Season ✌️!
— John Cena (@JohnCena) February 18, 2022
Cena garnered no praise for using the international crisis as a chance to plug his show.
I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain this to you but the power of peacemaker is murdering people https://t.co/VAIrGJeMuk
— Sam Haft (@SamHaft) February 24, 2022
I’m just saying there is never an appropriate moment to say this, especially now.
— Not that Asian dude 🙃 (@geesubay) February 24, 2022
cant believe you tweeted this
— AverageHarry 🫐 (@harrynotaverage) February 24, 2022
Bad time to promote a fucking tv show. Please delete this. People are dying.
— Darcy Tustin #Comics💭 (@DarcyTustin) February 24, 2022
This is not the right thing to tweet at this time
— Wesley is seeing The Batman in 5 DAYS (@iamtheknight92) February 24, 2022
In May of last year, John Cena was excoriated by both the left and the right when he issued a groveling apology to China on the country's social network Weibo (in Mandarin) for having referred to Taiwan as an independent country in a previous interview. The apology was largely interpreted as an effort to better F9‘s box office potential in the country:
Hi China, I'm John Cena. I'm in the middle of Fast and Furious 9 promotions. I'm doing a lot of interviews. I made a mistake in one of my interviews. Everyone was asking me if I could use Chinese – [movie] staff gave me a lot of information, so there was a lot of interviews and information. I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, very important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I'm very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I apologize, I'm very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you.
Cena's apology made little difference and F9 flopped in China after nosedived by 85 percent in its second weekend of release.
After two laps, the Vin Diesel/John Cena action flick has totaled $185.3 million. That's slightly ahead of where franchise spinoff Hobbs & Shaw was sitting at a similar point in its China run, but far weaker than the preceding franchise mainstays Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious,” The Hollywood Reporter (THR) noted at the time.