WTF Wednesday: Mark Wahlberg

Once in a blue moon, some event occurs mere hours after I wrote a See You Next Tuesday that cannot wait another week to be addressed.  It happened once before when I got a Groupon offer for a half-price colon-cleanse on a Tuesday night, right after I'd already lambasted a Living Social deal for suburban rap camp. On these rare occasions, I bring you a column called WTF Wednesday, because See You Next Tuesday just won't do. And because I haven't thought of a funny name for a Thursday.

What seemed like moments after I posted yesterday's See You Next Tuesday re: Joe Amendola, I caught wind of a wonderful moment of total impudence by Mark Wahlberg that you've probably already heard about and I just couldn't ignore.  Just when I thought the man had finally, truly grown out of his "Marky-Mark" monicker and ascended -- via Entourage and The Fighter -- to Hollywood's coveted "A" list, he makes an improprietous blunder that may haunt him for the rest of his career.  If you haven't heard already (read: if you're not on Twitter), here's what he said:

In an interview with Men's Journal magazine (who is loving all this press, btw), Mr. Wahlberg discussed the 9/11 attacks. He remarked:
“If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’”
Poor grammar aside, this flippant remark, reeking of hubris and misunderstanding and disrespect, obviously sparked some serious outrage. It's received a lot of media coverage and demands for an apology -- which Wahlberg made almost immediately after the interview was published.  Most interesting to me, though, was The Huffington Post's article on the braggadocious blunder, which followed Wahlberg's insolent quote with,
 "To his credit, Wahlberg is in impeccable shape. Part of what makes him stand out as an action star is his willingness to put himself on the line for a scene. . . ."  
And then proceeded to discuss how Wahlberg cried during The Help and doesn't like to masturbate. (Seriously.)  I mean, I get that he's in shape, but I feel like The Huff kind of missed the point, right?

Based on that line of thinking, and in light of the fact that Twitter was BLOWING UP with this stuff yesterday (apparently Twitter was where everyone went when they couldn't get on Wikipedia), I'm bringing you some of the best tweets the internet had to offer about Wahlberg:

Guys, I just got the official word: calling him "Marky-Mark" is back on the table. Please resume business as usual. And you can follow me on Twitter @AlisonBoomstick.
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January 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM delete

My favorite of the favorites above: "I can't believe Mark just sat there and let Paula Deen get diabetes". It's something I'll wonder for a long time.

January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM delete

Maybe we should discuss the ridiculousness of Mark Wahlberg over burgers and fries at Wahlburgers... yeah, it's real.


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