AceShowbiz - Jason Momoa is using his platform to protect the site on Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. The Hawaiian native is protesting the construction of a telescope on the land and claims that it may derail his plans to return for "Aquaman 2".
The 40-year-old actor took to his Instagram page on Thursday, August 8 to raise awareness about the drastic damage that would be caused by the telescope construction on the land. Reposting an old image of another telescope being constructed, he pointed out that Hawaii's planned Thirty Meter Telescope will be much more catastrophic to the site where it's being built.
Momoa hinted that he would do anything to stop the telescope construction in Hawaii, including sacrificing his life. "F**K THIS. And TMT is 4x bigger. Sorry Warner Bros we can't shoot Aquaman 2. Because Jason got run over by a bulldozer trying to stop the desecration of his native land THIS iS NOT HAPPENING," he wrote on his post.
"WE ARE NOT LETTING YOU DO THIS ANYMORE. Enough is enough. Go somewhere else," he added, before sharing a caption from another activist's post, "This is what telescope construction looks like (Subaru Telescope, 1992). The TMT will be four times larger on unscathed land. We must protect our scared mountain from further desecration. #KuKiaiMauna #WeAreMaunaKea #TMTShutdown."
Momoa isn't the only celebrity who is concerned about the potential damage caused by the telescope construction. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson previously said on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" that he's also against the planned TMT, which reportedly will cost $1.4 billion to build.
"This is so much bigger than a telescope being built," he explained. "This is humanity, these are human beings whose hearts are hurting, and I think any time situations like that come up... that's our indication that we gotta stop. Let's be considerate, let's be empathetic, and let's always take care of our people."
Momoa's issue with the telescope construction is that it's located on Mauna Key, which is considered the most sacred site for Indigenous Hawaiians. He has been joining protestors who are blocking construction since July. Although the protests have been peaceful, some protestors have been arrested.
Meanwhile, "Aquaman 2" is not scheduled to kick off production until next year for a December 16, 2022 release date.