He shared an image on his Instagram, wherein he suggested that Rambo would have helped spread the coronavirus in public. The image showed a still from First Blood where someone asked his character, "Where is the mask, son?" He shared it with the caption "If First Blood were to be made today."
The post has since been deleted, but was screencapped and can be seen as follows:
Stallone has been photographed wearing a face mask many times in regular life, so it's possible that this seemed like a bit of innocent, topical fun from whoever is in charge of his Instagram. But it has caused his fans to go wild on social media.
While the Instagram post has been deleted, a link to the post remains on his Twitter, and the replies are vicious:
I remember when I completely missed the point of famous movies I starred in...— Rick Corcoran (@rickcorky) July 20, 2020
Ya know, there are events going on in this country that mirror the plight of John Rambo...
Being asked to wear a mask to save people's lives isn't one of them...
Get your head out of your ass.
More likely to be the other way around. Rambo - who just wants to live his life without harming others - would be wearing a mask. The cop probably wouldn't even believe the virus was real.— TotallyTaters (@TatersTotally) July 20, 2020
Based solely on every piece of crap, money-grabbing sequel @TheSlyStallone made in the Rambo series, he knows nothing about the John Rambo from "First Blood," so I don't think he has any clue whether the original character that was Rambo, would wear a mask.— Faux Sports (@FauxSports) July 20, 2020
Last year, Stallone released Rambo: Last Blood. The film was panned by critics.