On April 1, 2018, Frank Stallone, 67, younger brother of Sylvester Stallone, 71, had to switch his Twitter account to private after receiving a deluge of criticisms over his tweet about activist David Hogg, 17. The tweet has been deleted but not before netizens captured a screenshot.
Princeton University professor Kevin M. Kruse tweeted a screenshot of Frank’s tweet about Hogg. The professor wrote, “A grown man urging violence against a teenager. This won’t end well.”
On February 14, 2018, Hogg survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. After this, he advocated against gun violence in the United States and a gun control advocacy group called Never Again MSD along with 19 others.
In Frank’s controversial tweet, he referred to Hogg as a “rich little bitch” and somebody from his age group was dying to sucker punch him. Referring to the teenage activist, Frank wrote, “He’s the worst rep for today’s youth headline grabbing punk.”
Among those who reacted to Frank’s tweet was “Trainwreck” director Judd Apatow. The director, whose documentary “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” premiered on March 26, 2018, wrote, “We don’t have to worry about a Frank Stallone boycott. That started in the late seventies.”
Frank made his acting debut in the Academy Award-wining sports drama “Rocky.” While Sylvester played the title character in the 1976s film, Frank played a street corner singer.
As a musician, Frank received one Grammy Awards nomination and one Golden Globes nomination. It was both for the song “Far From Over,” from the soundtrack of the 1983 movie “Staying Alive,” which was directed by Sylvester.
In 2017, Frank appeared as himself in the comedy fantasy film “The Sex Trip.” After this, he will star in an action film titled “Veterans Day” along with Scott Michael Campbell and Daniel Roebuck.
Prior to Frank, Fox News host Laura Ingraham controversially criticized Hogg but apologized afterwards. Watch Hogg’s reaction here: