Mark Wahlberg Gives Proper Apology for Insensitive 9/11 Remarks

mark wahlbergWe all pretty much did a collective facedesk when we heard about Mark Wahlberg's insensitive claim that he would have kicked butt and commandeered the cockpit if he'd been on one of the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers on 911. I knew he was kind of hot-headed, but I had no idea he was capable of such cocky foolishness.

But after suffering a full day of outrage Marky came to his senses and apologized for his remarks. "To suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible," the Contraband star told People. "I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive. It was certainly not my intention."

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Mark could have dug a deeper hole by defending his remarks or by just lurking in stony, celeb-pouty silence. I think we've seen both approaches to a scandal of this sort, and neither ever work. There's no justifying such a bone-headed comment, first of all. And secondly, there is no "let it blow over." People will go from "did you hear what he said?" to "and he's still not apologizing!" -- which just makes you look worse. And beyond that, I would hope he feels like a jerk for saying something so hurtful to so many people.

So while I'm hugely disappointed in Mark Wahlerg's original comment -- dude, as if! What the hell were you thinking?!? I'm relieved that he at least had the sensitivity and common sense to apologize right away. No use dragging out such foolishness.

Will people forgive him? That might take a while. I'm still kind of shaking my head over it myself -- and I'm not a 911 widow. But offering a sincere and timely apology was the right thing to do.

Do you think Mark Wahlberg is truly sorry for his comments?

 

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