Mark Wahlberg's Jaw-Dropping 9/11 Comments Are Incredibly Offensive

Oh, say it isn't so, Mark Wahlberg. Please say you didn't really insult the passengers who tragically died on 9/11 in a bizarre attempt to show how you're as much of a badass action hero offscreen as you're made to look onscreen. Please say this interview with Men's Journal is some kind of terrible promotional campaign for Contraband, or something.

Because the alternative is to believe that you meant every word you said, in which case ... well, I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when I say that you come across like a giant douchebag.


Apparently Wahlberg was originally scheduled to be on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, but he ended up flying to Toronto a week early. I'm not sure how this subject came up in the Men's Journal interview, but here's what he said about it:

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."

Ohhhhh man. I just ... that's just really ... I don't EVEN, you guys.

I mean, I guess I can appreciate that he has such a high opinion of himself he believes he could have single-handedly wiped out every terrorist on board and then LANDED THE FREAKING PLANE BY THE SHEER POWER OF HIS TURGID MANHOOD or whatever—golf clap for your self-esteem, sir—but oh my god, issuing it as a public statement? I can't tell if he's let
his action roles inflate his ego to cartoonish proportions, or if he's just a complete asshole who has no regard for the families of the people who died on those planes.

Can you even imagine how this sounds to them? That if only a movie actor once primarily known for posing in underwear ads had been on the plane, their loved one would still be alive today? That it's too bad no one else had the balls to step up and take care of business
the way Marky Mark would have?

I've always been a big Wahlberg fan, but talk about a PR blunder. I know he's all about being a macho family guy now, and maybe he was just trying to use an example of how far he'd go to protect his kids, but he sure comes off sounding
ridiculously narcissistic and more than a little offensive.

If he's having trouble confusing reality with fiction, now might be a good time to consider a kinder, gentler movie role—one where he considers other people's feelings before he opens his mouth.

What do you think about Wahlberg's comments? Do you think he went too far?

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