Mark Wahlberg's George Floyd Post Met With Derision

With many pointing out the actor's past racial incidents
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2020 2:35 PM CDT
Updated Jun 13, 2020 11:00 AM CDT
Mark Wahlberg's George Floyd Post Met With Derision
Mark Wahlberg, star of the Netflix film "Spenser Confidential," banters with photographers at the world premiere of the film at the Regency Village Theatre, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Not every celebrity is finding their anti-racist posts well received. Just ask Mark Wahlberg, who late last week posted a photo of George Floyd on Instagram, along with the following: "The murder of George Floyd is heartbreaking. We must all work together to fix this problem. I'm praying for all of us. God bless. #blacklivesmatter." A sampling of responses:

  • "Are you the same person that chased black children and yelled racists epithets ? Are you the same person that has NEVER spoken up and taken accountability for those actions and the way you traumatized those kids? Asking for a friend."
  • "Let's not forget that Mark Wahlberg himself almost beat an Asian man to death when he was a teenager…"
  • "I just have to laugh"

His Wikipedia page does indeed have a lengthy section titled "Racial Incidents," which uses as a source an Associated Press article that recounts how in June 1986, a 15-year-old Wahlberg and some white friends chased a group of black students who were leaving a beach, throwing rocks at them and yelling "Kill the [n-word]" until an ambulance driver stepped in. A civil rights injunction was filed against him; the AP described it as "essentially a stern warning" that another hate crime would lead to jail time. And jail time ultimately came: In 1988 Wahlberg attacked two Vietnamese men while trying to steal beer and allegedly used racial slurs. Page Six reports he spent about a month-and-a-half in prison. In 2014 he sought a pardon for the 1988 crime but was not awarded one. (More Mark Wahlberg stories.)

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