A lot of celebrities have been tweeting their support for the Black Lives Matter movement over the past couple of weeks, but obviously those that problematic pasts and have done this are also being called out about it too.
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The most prominent of these is Mark Wahlberg, who decided to show his support and was almost instantly reminded that he has a whole section on his Wikipedia page detailing his hate crimes. That’s not a good look – here’s how it went down:
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) June 4, 2020
— Jhaunay-Amanie Hernandez (@jhaunay) June 7, 2020
just a reminder that mark wahlberg committed various LITERAL HATE CRIMES and only served 45 days in prison, so don’t be so quick to applaud him for tweeting blm 🙂 pic.twitter.com/J9ZQBDPmPv
— val | blm (@mitskiangst) June 7, 2020
Ouch. The thing is that surprisingly a bunch of people were actually quick to defend Wahlberg for his actions in the past. The actor has spoken about them numerous times in interviews and acknowledged that he was a dickhead and tried to better himself and hope that people give him a second chance.
Here’s a few of the better defences:
Mark Wahlberg has been fairly open about his troubled past. So calling him a hypocrite now only says you believe that no one is capable of changing. And if that’s the case, what would the point of protesting be?
— RichardGrace12 (@Grace12Richard) June 7, 2020
If you are attacking Mark Wahlberg for his past, please remember that people can change. After all the entire Republican Party went from being the party of the Constitution to the party of burning the Constitution in fewer than 4 years.
— Black Lives Matter (@HKrassenstein) June 7, 2020
I mean yeah, you kinda do have to respect that. Obviously it wasn’t that cool of Mark Wahlberg to be perpetrating hate crimes, but that’s something that will always be on his record. I don’t think it’s that useful to call him out and attempt to cancel him 30 years later when he’s actually attempting to raise awareness and attempt to help find a solution for the current racism problem, although I do think it’s important that people are made aware of his past and the steps that he’s taken to move away from this kind of behaviour.
Not really sure if the people @ing him were doing that though and were probably just jumping on the bandwagon. Either way, I guess it’s getting people talking and that’s the main objective here.
For more of the same, check out his dream house that took him five years to make. It is completely sick to be fair.