South African musician Sho Madjozi has been catapulted into international stardom because of her smash hit song, John Cena. From a perfomance on the Colors Studio to inciting a viral dance challenge to even meeting the WWE wrestler, the song took on a life of its own.
However, the man who the track is about, John Cena has spoken up about how there could have been a different outcome. Speaking at A Little Late with Lilly Singh, he said he was advised to take legal action against Sho Madjozi.
The Playing With Fire actor says he found out about the song on Social Media and from mesaages from people who thought Sho Madjozi was making fun of him.
“So I woke up one day, flooded with messages like, ‘man, you need to check out this link, you need to check this out right now. This girl is singing about you.’ I said, ‘that’s great’, and they said, ‘no it’s not, this girl is making fun of you, she’s using you in a song, you’ve got to stop this’.”
John Cena said he saw how it could appear to be copyright infringement but he chose to believe that he had inspired her creatively and was impressed by the song.
“So, it’s two schools of thought. Yes, she’s mentioning my name and referencing what I do for a living, and I could easily be like, ‘yo, that’s IP copyrighting’ or I could say, ‘wow, she is a South African artist and my contribution at WWE has sparked creative inspiration to someone halfway across the world’. She can do whatever she wants,” he explained.
The song will be featured on his film, Playing With Fire. The comedy follows fire fighter Jake Carson (John Cena) and his team as they try to babysit a trio of mischievous children.