After watching five-year-old Angelou Brown’s video letter, American-Canadian actor Dwayne Johnson, whom Angelou addressed as “Mr Rock,” had to take a moment:
“Just watched and this one just sat me down 😢🖤💪🏾,” Johnson wrote, in an Instagram caption accompanying the child’s video, which has already racked up more than 10 million views.
See the heartbreaking video post below:
Angelou sent his video, from Christchurch, New Zealand, where he lives, because he wanted Johnson to help spread a message on behalf of his father.
“My dad is Samoan, so I’m pretty sure he’s your cousin,” said Angelou. “And since you’re part of the aiga [the Samoan word for family], I thought I’d send you a gift.”
That gift was a T-shirt ― which appears in the video to be XXXL to accommodate the Rock’s Hulk-like physique. It was created by Angelou’s father, Matt Brown, and bears the words “She is not your rehab.”
“It’s a T-shirt my dad and my uncles wear to encourage other men to treat girls well,” explained the little boy.
Angelou went on to share the story of his grandmother, who “had a sad life” with “lots of fights” and had to “go away lots to many refuges.”
Witnessing this domestic violence growing up, and being a survivor of child sexual abuse, Angelou’s father made it his mission to educate other men about the traumatic impact of abusive behaviours, according to the She Is Not Your Rehab website.
A barber by trade, Matt used the barbershop as a place to reach other men. It’s an environment where men often feel safe enough to open up.