Mark Wahlberg hosted a concert for Pope Francis on Sunday. The actor tried to make a joke about his movie Ted. Us Magazine has an excerpt from Wahlberg’s speech.
“‘That right there was truly the voice of an angel,’ the former Calvin Klein model said. ‘But then he whispered in my ear that he loved the movie Ted, and I told him that was not appropriate for a boy of his age. Holy Father, please forgive me. I’ve always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humor when it comes and pertains to many of the movies that I’ve made.'”
The response in the comments section after the article (and several others) were unanimously negative.
“I found Mark’s little senseless speech to be disrespectful, shallow and uneducated. The Pope most likely doesn’t know about the movie, but I’m sure he caught the ‘jist’ of it, for Pope Francis is a very learned individual, commented user SunnyDay.
“He would be better off asking for forgiveness from that Vietnamese man he assaulted and blinded. He never even tried to atone for that until he was unable to obtain a liquor license for his Wahlburger restaurants due to his prior convictions,” said PoweredBy Rice.
The last comment was made in reference to a racist incident from 1988 that Defamer detailed at the end of 2014.
“Wahlberg was carrying a large wooden stick, approximately five feet long and two to three inches in diameter. Wahlberg approached Thanh Lam calling him a ‘Vietnam fu**ing s**t,” then hit him over the head with the stick. Thanh Lam was knocked to the ground unconscious. The stick broke in two and was later recovered from the scene.”
Defamer adds that after police arrested Wahlberg, he said something along the lines of that Lam didn’t need to identify him because he would easily admit it. Wahlberg was proud of splitting his head open.
At the end of 2014, Wahlberg wanted to meet with Lam, whom the Daily Mail claimed was forgiving over the incident. According to the report, Mark Wahlberg had always wanted to meet with Lam so he could apologize in person. He even offered to bring Lam’s whole family to Los Angeles.
However, it appears that Wahlberg had almost as many problems with African Americans as he did with the Vietnamese. According to The Grio, an African American girl, who was called a racial epithet by Mark Wahlberg in 1986 before having stones thrown at her, said Wahlberg should never be pardoned.
“I don’t think he should get a pardon,” Atwood, now 38 and living in Georgia, said in recent interview.
“I don’t really care who he is. It doesn’t make him any exception. If you’re a racist, you’re always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it I just think it’s wrong,” she continued.
However, other people involved in the event have forgiven Wahlberg, who says it was his Catholic faith that made him change. It’s true that Wahlberg went from being a rebellious underwear model and rapper in the early 1990s to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed actors in Hollywood by the time he starred in 1997’s Boogie Nights. Do you think Mark Wahlberg was the right person to host Pope Francis this weekend? Let us know in the comments section.
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